The latest aspiring presidential candidates for the Dec 4 elections to face officials of the Independent electoral commission are Mamma Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress, Citizen Alliance Leader Dr. Ismaila Ceesay and two other  Indepedent candidates in Momodou Bah and Mamadi KS Camara.

Both men filed their credentials with elections officials’ headed by Alieu Momar Njie, the commission’s chairman.

Speaking to Journalists after filing his nomination papers, Mama Kandeh who recently announced an alliance with the APRC No To NPP Alliance said if elected he will use all means to fight and end corruption, which he said is the order of the day in the Barrow administration.

He challenged other political leaders to be peace-loving and encourage their supporters to be law abiding citizens.

“My priority will be to reunite Gambians, we are so divided,” Kandeh said adding that his recent MOU with APRC NAM has nothing to do with bringing or providing amnesty to ex President Jammeh.

Whilst promising an all inclusive GDC government in 2021, Mr Kandeh told journalists that the APRC NAM is not legally registered and that his party GDC is nominating him for office of President.

Dr. Ismail Ceesay, CA Leader

Citizens Alliance Presidential candidate Dr Ismaila Ceesay, who recently led coalition formation efforts with several parties told reporters that his government will prosecute anybody found committing crimes against Gambians such as violations committed in the regime of former President Jammeh.

“We shall punish violators of human rights and ensure victims are fully compensated. Making sure dictators and perpetrators of heinous crimes pay for their crimes is a must. It is not only about Yaya Jammeh it is about anybody who has committed crimes. No Gambian should be immune from justice, that is the only way we can have true reconciliation and stability, he said while promising that a CA government that will provide justice and reparation for victims of Jammeh atrocities”.

The University Lecturer turned Politician who was at the election house with his wife also said: “We need serious economic reforms in this country, we must get the governance right and we will get everything right in this country,”

Two others little known Independent candidates Momodou Bah, a young graduate and Mamadi KS Camara, a teacher also submitted nomination documents.

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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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