By Landing Ceesay
The Leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Lawyer Ousainu ANM Darboe has challenged fellow presidential aspirants to publicly declare their assets.
“The issue, for now, is to make the Gambians understand the 5 points agenda more, so that they can vote for us and get this country moving. I have submitted my asset declaration. Unfortunately, I did not bring a copy. I was going to give the media but before the end of the day, I will give the media copies of my asset declaration. I am challenging all candidates, particularly President Adama Barrow, to release his asset declaration to the media so that even before Saturday the public would start scrutinising our documents,” Darboe challenged fellow aspirants.
On day 3 (Monday) of the nomination process at IEC headquarters, the UDP Leader and the leader of Gambia Moral Party (GMC) Mai Ahmed Fatty presented their credentials to the IEC.
However, All People Party (APP) and Gambia For All (GFA) withdrew their bids because the former has gone into alliance with GMC and CA; while the latter has endorsed the UDP, recently.
The nomination of presidential aspirants continues tomorrow at the Election House in Kanifing with Citizen’s Alliance, Gambia Democratic Congress and independent aspirants Mamadi KS Camara and Momodou Bah (2) scheduled for appearance.
The process would complete on Friday and the details of the aspirants are on Saturday expected to be published for public scrutiny ahead of the Electoral Commission’s approval or rejection of their bids based on the criteria.
The criteria for the nomination of presidential candidates for the much-anticipated December election are: a candidate shall be a citizen of The Gambia; a candidate has attained a minimum age of thirty years; candidate has completed Senior Secondary school education, a candidate has been ordinarily resident in The Gambia for the five years immediately preceding the: election; a candidate shall be nominated by not less than five thousand voters whose names appeared in the register of voters with at least two hundred voters being drawn from each Administrative Area; a Sworn Declaration of Assets; a Tax Clearance Certificate; Payment of Deposit of Ten thousand dalasis (D10, 000) as amended; Representative symbol, colour and photographs of a candidate; a person who is qualified to be registered as a voter under the Constitution and the Election Act may contest as an independent candidate in any election; a political party/candidate shall abide by the code on election campaign ethics which the Commission may time to time prepare; and a submission of manifesto encouraging the spirit of tolerance and multiculturalism.