The people of Gambia will go to the polls tomorrow, Saturday, December 4, 2021, to decide whether to remain with their current leader, president Adama Barrow or elect a new one.
Apart from Barrow,there are five other candidates seeking the president’s office.
To get to this point, the country’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), had disqualified 15 presidential candidates who wanted to participate in the contest.
Makan Khan, the spokesperson for the IEC, said that most of the rejected applications did not meet the constitutional requirements, with the most common problem being voters’ failure to comply with the sponsorship requirement.
The six contestants are, incumbent president Adama Barrow from the National People’s Party (NPP), Ousainou Darboe from the United Democratic Party (UDP), Mama Kandeh from the Gambia Democratic Congress, and Halifa Sallah from the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS).
Others are Essa Mbaye Faal, an Independent, and Abdoulie Ebrima Jammeh of the National Unity Party (NUP).
Mr Barrow, a product of a coalition of seven political parties, was meant to govern for three years, as agreed by the coalition, but midway decided to complete his tenure and now seeks re-election.