NPP Wuli East Campaign Manager, Nafa Jabbai

By: Foday Manneh

Barely one day to the Presidential election, some NPP supporters in Wuli East are said to allegedly going round to raise over 3000 voters’ cards from communities in a last minute effort to secure votes for President Barrow in Saturday’s polls.

An image circulating on social media shows voter’s cards obtained from potential voters in Batunding village, accompanied by a WhatsApp audio.

The audio recording by famous NPP supporter – Nafa Jabbai of Sutukoba village in the Wuli East, says a Lady in Bantunding village Haja Mbaro Sanneh has pioneered the activity to get voters’ cards and was able to collect scores from the women’s group, men and youth of her village.

The news sparked allegations that the NPP party is buying votes from potential voters ahead of Saturday’s election in the Wuli East district of the Upper River Region.

However, the man behind the audio dismissed claims of his party’s involvement in such activities and described the allegation as totally false.

‘’This happened during the nomination time when potential voters were to nominate their candidates – the women’s leader, Haja Mbaro Sanneh gathered these cards from her people who were willing to nominate President Barrow for the presidential election and the cards have not gone anywhere but were only taken for that reason and returned back to their owners after filling of the forms.’’ Nafa clarifies.

‘’All information making rounds that we seized voters’ cards to force people to vote for Barrow are lies. I shared that audio two months ago as the campaign manager of NPP for Wuli East to call on natives of the district to nominate President Barrow like the Batunding people have done.’’ He stressed.

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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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