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Nomination Of Presidential Candidates: Independent Aspirant Alleges Gambia Is “Sick and Needs Vitamin C” For Recovery

Momodou Bah
Independent Presidential Aspirant


By Landing Ceesay


Professor Momodou Bah, an independent presidential aspirant said The Gambia is ‘sick and needs Vitamin C’ as medication for recovery.


“I believe in myself, I have worked for days like this, I have been a leader for the past 20 years. I am the typical example of what the Gambian schools have been working for. I am the best candidate and I am the unifier. 


“Previously I came with an orange colour that means Vitamin C because the country is sick. We need to give it medicine. We need to give it a Vitamin and orange is vitamin C. I came with Vitamin C, but they told me someone already took it. So that is okay. We will have to add up a black colour. We will have to join Orange and black colour together now,” Prof. Bah said.


Professor Bah further stated that regardless of the outcome of his candidacy, it would be recorded down in history that he appealed to the Gambian people for their best hopes.


“I have already sent all the documents that have been asked for. So they asked for D5, 000. We have given them the money. I believe that I have already won this election and I am the fourth President of The Gambia. I have done a lot for this country, and it is written in the book called ‘An Eye witness to Freedom’,” he said.


Professor Momodou Bah was among the four presidential aspirants who submitted their credentials to the IEC for scrutiny and subsequent approval or rejection.  


Aside from Bah, Ebrima Tobara Manneh and Bankole Ahadzie both independent aspirants as well as Lamin Bojang of ANRD 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. We will bring all the happenings in our subsequent reports.


The nomination 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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