Weekend of Campaigning, as Presidential Candidates seek Votes


The six candidates in the Dec 4 presidential election were this weekend all out in different parts of the country, soliciting for votes.

Intense campaigning commenced last week, after the Independent Electoral Commission, IEC, announced 9 November to 2 December, 2021 as the official campaign period for the election.

Among the candidates is the incumbent, President Adama Barrow, who is seeking re-election for a second five-year term.

Barrow was in Upper River Region (URR) holding meetings in Gambisara and Basse.
Barrow earlier held rallies in the North Bank Region before heading to the URR.

Adama Barrow of the National People’s Party (NPP) is the candidate of an alliance of many political parties, and received the endorsement of several independent aspirants after their nomination was rejected by the national elections commission.

The weekend campaign highlights include PDOIS candidate Halifa Sallah spots meetings in various localities in the Kanifing Municipality and the West Coast Region, including the coastal towns of Gunjur, Sanyang and Kartong.

Candidate Sallah also held spot meetings in Brusubi, Sukuta, Old Yundum, Banjulinding, Kombo Kerewana and Lamin.

The United Democratic Party (UDP) launched its campaigning on 13 November, and started in the North Bank Region, where it’s candidate, Ousainou Darboe, was in the North Bank Region canvassing for votes.

Darboe held campaign rallies in Barra, Fass Njga Choi and Aljamdu on Saturday.

Darboe is accompanied by Bakary Bunja Darboe, a veteran politician and leader of The Gambia for All (GFA) party, which has endorsed the UDP candidate.

They were scheduled to hold meetings in Bantanding Wollof, Kerewan, Salikeni and Farafenni.

The candidate of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), Mamma Kandeh, who was endorsed by the APRC No-to-Alliance movement, was today also endorsed by the Gambia Action party (GAP).

This was before heading for meetings in the North Bank Region settlements of Ndungu Kebbeh, Kerr Biram, Chissy Majaw and Farafenni.

The Independent Candidate, Essa Mbye Faal, held meetings in Sare Bojo, Wellingara, Soutama Sireh, Soutoma Samba, Kanubeh and Alunhareh.

Ebrima Abdoulie Jammeh, candidate of the National Unity Party (NUP) was in his native Baddibu, where he held rallies in the settlements of Farafenni, Sabach Njayen, Sara Kunda, Kaur and Chamen.

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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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