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32 Candidates Nominated Ahead of The Mayoral And Chairmanships Elections

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Alieu Momar Njie, Chairman Independent Electoral Commission

By Ramatoulie Jawo

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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has accepted the nominations of thirty-two candidates nationwide for the upcoming Mayoral and Chairmanship elections scheduled for May 20th, 2023.

The following political parties have nominated candidates:

National People’s Party (NPP): 8 candidates
United Democratic Party (UDP): 8 candidates
Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC): 2 candidates
People Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS): 1 candidate
People’s Progressive Party (PPP): 1 candidate
Gambia For All (GFA): 1 candidate
Independents: 11 candidates

Two of the thirty-two candidates are female, and the rest are male. Eleven are independent candidates. There are no differently abled candidates. No candidates were rejected.

The IEC commenced nominations of candidates on April 27th, 2023, and ended on May 3rd, 2023.

The Mayoral and Chairmanship elections will be held on May 20th, 2023. Voters will elect mayors and chairmen for the following municipalities and districts:

Banjul City Council
Kanifing Municipal Council
Kerewan Area Council
Brikama Area Council
Basse Area Council
Kuntaur Area Council
Janjanbureh Area Council
MansaKonko Area Council

The IEC is responsible for conducting elections in the Gambia. The Commission comprises five members, who the President of the Gambia appoints. The IEC is responsible for registering voters, conducting elections, and announcing the results of elections.

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