By Landing Ceesay
Independent presidential aspirant Mamadi K.S. Camara shortly after submitting his details to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) expressed his aim to end ‘injustice’ in The Gambia.
“I came here to submit my papers and I have done that. I want to make sure that there is justice in this country. I have been fighting ‘injustice’ since I was 31 years old and today I am 63 years old. I have been suffering since I was 31 years old and I don’t want the people of this country to suffer anymore. So I want to be President to end ‘injustice’ in this country,” Camara, a retired professional teacher and accountant, told the media.
On day 4 (Tuesday) of the nomination process at IEC headquarters, Camara; Momodou Bah (2), another independent aspirant; as well as GDC and CA leaders presented their credentials to the IEC for consideration.
The nomination of presidential aspirants continues tomorrow at the Election House in Kanifing with GANU, PDOIS, GAP and independent aspirant Tamsir M. Jasseh scheduled to file their papers between 9:30am and 2:30pm.
The process would complete on Friday, and the details of the aspirants are on Saturday expected to be published for public scrutiny, before the Electoral Commission would either accept or reject them.
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.