The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has accepted the nomination of the flag-bearer of the Coalition Party, Adama Barrow to contest in the December 1 Presidential Election. He filed in his nomination on Wednesday before the chairman of the Commission, Alieu Momar Njai. The IEC chairman added that the nomination is still subject to public scrutiny on Friday.
According to the Elections Act of The Gambia, a presidential aspirant must be a Gambian; age minimum of 30 years but not more than 65; the candidate shall possess atleast a senior secondary school certificate; a candidate must have lived five years in the country immediately preceding the election; a candidate shall be nominated by not less than 5000 voters whose names appear in the register of voters with at least 200 voters from each administrative area; income tax clearance; and deposit a fee of D500, 000 and sworn declaration of asset.
Barrow, who is the second to file in his nomination was accompanied to the IEC headquarters by his supporters and was received on arrival by Alieu Momarr Njai.
Chairman Njai reminded Barrow and supporters of the need to maintain peace before, during and after the election. He urged them to desist from the use of offensive language and to always preach peace.
He further assured them of a peaceful, free, fair and transparent election, stressing that Gambia’s election is one that no one can rig.
by Alieu Ceesay