By Landing Ceesay
On day 3 of the parliamentary election nomination, candidates under Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) and ticket submitted their papers to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) regional offices across the country.
In the Kanifing Municipality (KM) on Monday, Modou Ibrahima Cham (MC Cham Jr.), vying for the Jeswang Constituency, Modou Jane, for Serekunda West Constituency, Ebrima Nyang, for Latrikunda Sabiji Constituency under the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) ticket submitted their credentials to the IEC office in Kanifing.
Similarly, Momodou King Colley for Brikama South Constituency, Ablie Jallow for Kombo South Constituency, Musa A. Nyassi for Foni Kansala Constituency, Lamin Bojang for Brikama North Constituency, Simon I. Gomez for Foni Bintang Constituency and Alagie Abdoulie Faal for Old Yundum sponsored by the party also submitted their details to the IEC West Coast Region (WCR) office in Birikama.
Shortly after submitting his credentials to the IEC, MC Cham Jr. told reporters that he is well prepared for the task ahead of him.
“I am contesting in this coming election (9thApril parliamentary election) because I want to help the people of my constituency and Gambians at large. I want to fight corruption in this country. As you all are witnessing corruption, is getting rampant in the Barrow government and he is doing nothing about it. So I am fully prepared for the task ahead of me,” he told waiting journalists.
Ebrima Nyang said the people of his constituency are grappling with numerous challenges that need to be solved; and that is why he is contesting in the coming election.
“The people of Latri Kunda Sabiji are being neglected for so long. They have been faced with numerous challenges that need urgent solutions and I think I am the right person for them. I have been helping the people of my community in so many aspects. I organised football tournaments for the youth and I engaged in so many activities in my community,” Nyang said.
In addition, other Gambia Democratic Party sponsored candidates in other regions have also filled their papers at the IEC offices.
Consequently, Gambia For All (GFA) in Kiang West Constituency, Lower River Region and Banjul Central too were on the schedule.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly, one of the 3 arms of government, is crucial in a democratic process through its oversight, law-making, representation and resource allocation functions, among others.
While other candidates have received their acceptance letters from the electoral commission, these ones are expecting to hear from the commission the fate of their application in the coming days.
This time, unlike the presidential election nomination last year, candidates would be allowed to submit outstanding details for consideration within the nomination period scheduled to end on 13th March.
However, there will be no chance for public scrutiny of the particulars of the candidates as in the past, according to the IEC.