UDP Grand Rally at Independence Stadium

Barely five hours after filing his nomination papers at the Independent Electoral Commission for the Dec 4 presidential election, Ousainou Darboe was in an optimistic mood as he addressed supporters at the Independence stadium.

The massive political rally was attended by tens of thousands of party militants, who had earlier turned out to accompany their party flagbearer, Darboe, leader of the United Democratic Party, UDP, to the Election House.

Darboe, who declared that he was optimistic of victory in the election, told his cheering supporters, who filled the stadium, that everyone should be an ambassador of peace.

He went on to call for violence-free elections, saying: “we should all respect the laws of the country; we should not behave in any manner that will threaten the peace and stability of the country.”

One political analyst told The Alkamba Times that UDP’s chances of winning the presidential elections look bright, considering the mammoth crowds which the party continues to attract everywhere and all the time.

He said filling the 25, 000-capacity stadium in Bakst is the latest sign of what could happen, come Dec 4.

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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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