The leader of the biggest opposition party in the Gambia, Lawyer Ousanou Darboe has filed his nomination papers with the Independent Electoral commission early Monday in Kanifing.

Accompanied to the Electoral house by thousands of UDP party supporters, Darboe successfully submitted his nomination portfolio, a major part of requirements to contest for elections in the Gambia. 

Mr. Darboe, 73 will contest against President Barrow in the crucial December polls, the first elections in the post Jammeh Gambia.

IEC Boss, Alieu Momar Njie told Darboe while submitting his credentials that his documents will be further scrutinized before being cleared to contest elections.

Speaking to  waiting Journalists, the UDP Leader said he is optimistic of victory adding that the 2021 elections will redefine the future of the Gambia.

Mr Darboe who said he is qualified to run for the office of the President challenged his colleagues in the presidential race  including President Adama Barrow to declare their assets as he darboe has done.

Submitting his credentials, Darboe told the IEC that he is nominated by three parties.

Meanwhile Bakary Bunja Darboe Leader of  Gambia for All Party has notified the IEC that he is not contesting and has withdrawn his candidacy.

Many believe that BB Darboe will be backing the UDP in the upcoming presidential election.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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