UDP Leader says Dec 4 Polls Will be about shared choices As he seeks electorates mandate


The Leader of the United Democratic Party, and Presidential Candidate, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe says the upcoming elections in December will be about shared choices, both for the Gambia and individual voters.

Darboe who was cleared by the electoral commission along with five other candidates is currently on the campaign trail seeking for votes via the UDP 5 point agenda.

“The upcoming election will be about shared choices, both for the nation and individual voters. It will be a referendum on a corrupt and failed government that has squandered the golden opportunity to pivot our country. Therefore, I call on all our members and supporters to work with like minded citizens who care about a better Gambia wherever they maybe to end this train wreck and give our hearts to democracy. Our nation, Our People, deserves honest, selfless, and competent leadership that is focused on addressing the challenges we face and harnessing them,” the UDP leader said.

He said the UDP is more than a political party adding: ‘It is an idea etched into the hearts and minds of its membership and supporters. As we have done since the founding of UDP we will in consensus with other citizens be at the forefront of the battle against the re-introduction of the tyrannical rule in The Gambia.’

Darboe urged all Gambians to join  the UDP noting: ‘I ask for your support and vote in the upcoming presidential elections. I reiterate our stance on tolerance, peace, unity and harmony.’

On the plight of young people, Darboe said: “To you the young who now have the opportunity to influence our common future. We believe in The Gambia, because we believe in you and we want you to take advantage of this opportunity and vote for us.”

According to Mr Darboe the primary reasons for young people to vote for a UDP government include its commitment:
To creating a conducive environment; setting the right framework and facilitating collaboration with the private sector to ensure youths obtain the right skills leading to their increased employability and/or business acumen,  Establish 10 specialised skills centers through skills enhancement zones and provide facilities for trainers to enhance skills in technology, sports and entrepreneurship,  Establish a youth empowerment fund to develop local commercial and business entities and establish Trade and Commerce Associations and arrangements with partners to create trading posts for commodities in the country (Trade Hubs),  Establish a policy of awarding a sizeable percentage of government contracts and projects to youths and youth enterprises as part of youth empowerment, Promote and protect local enterprises and industries through an Indigenous Economic Empowerment Framework to ensure government purchases locally produced materials to promote job growth and local economic empowerment among others.

He promised youths that UDP will provide investments in agriculture, manufacturing and tourism and establish reforms aimed at empowering youth participation and deliver opportunities for women to engage in meaningful employment with employment rights and equal pay for equal work between men and women fully protected under the law.

Darboe said a UDP government will also create an enabling environment to ensure a culture of self-employment in which people in self-employment will be provided with support through business policies, ease of doing business and the tax system, alongside the establishment of Mandatory Youth Service Schemes after high school and provision of standard sports infrastructure throughout the country with adequate financing for all sports.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
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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