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Nomination Of Presidential Candidates: Aspirant Manneh Promises To Develop Gambia Than Singapore

Ebrima Tabora Manneh
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Ebrima Tabora Manneh
Independent presidential aspirant

 


By Landing Ceesay 

 

Independent presidential aspirant Ebrima Tabora Manneh promised to develop The Gambia more than Singapore, Rwanda and Botswana, when elected as President. 

 

“I think one thing why Gambians should vote for me is honesty and patriotism. I love my country unequally.  If I have it, this country will be the best in the world. ‘Insha Allah’ this country will be better than Rwanda, this country will be better than Botswana, this country will be better than Singapore, it will be Africa’s Singapore. It is doable, it’s not through magic, it is done by human beings. We are endowed as humans with knowledge and wisdom. 

 

“How did Singapore become Singapore?  How did South Korea become South Korea? And they have independence with us almost at the same time. In the (19)60s Singapore and South Korea were as poor as most African countries. If you look at Rwanda in 1994, they had genocide and in 2021, Rwanda is unlike anything that you see in the Gambia,” Mr Manneh said. 

 

The son of the former Chief Alhagie Tabora Manneh said there is a lot of suffering in the Gambia. 

 

“There is a lot of suffering in this country. There is extreme poverty in this country and the country is failing. We will take ownership of our country. We will take ownership of our economy. We will take ownership of our security and there will be peace in this country. The economy will grow. We will do it together, work together, grow the country together to achieve the dream we have for this country,” he said. 

 

Ebrima Tabora Manneh and 2 other independent presidential aspirants- professor Momodou Bah and Bankole Ahadzie, as well as Alliance for National Re-orientation and Development presidential hopeful, Bojang, presented their credentials to the IEC on Sunday, day 2 of the nomination process.

 

The nomination of presidential aspirants continues tomorrow at the Election House in Kanifing. The process would complete on Friday, and the details of the aspirants are expected to be published on Saturday 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.

 

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