PRESS RELEASE FROM PDOIS CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON THE CANDIDATES FOR COUNCILLORSHIP, MAYORAL AND CHAIRPERSONSHIP ELECTIONS
The Central Committee of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), had earlier informed the general public, that since the December 1st democratic change was meant to bring about a transitional state that would give Gambia a new start, and all Gambians the opportunity to take ownership of their country irrespective of party affiliation, has mandated its ward and regional Committees to select their candidates and hold consensus building initiatives or primaries where more than one person applies for candidature.
In the spirit of Coalition or united front building for this transitional period, the PDOIS Committees are further mandated to organise primaries between PDOIS and other candidates who may not wish to stand on a PDOIS ticket, to come up with a flag bearer who will be supported to contest the elections.
The Central Committee hereby takes this opportunity to inform the general public, that selection of candidates has taken place in 31 wards while other committees are either in the process of doing their selection or are waiting for directives to commence consensus building or hold primaries. This process is now scheduled to be completed by 24th February 2018.
Regarding Mayoral or Chairpersonship Elections, the KMC has two PDOIS Candidates for the Mayoral contest and one Independent Candidate who has indicated readiness to participate in a primary with a PDOIS candidate, to have a common flag bearer.
A Committee has been set up by PDOIS to discuss with the applicants for Councillorship for the Jareng and Bartess Wards. Consensus building discussion with the Mayoral candidates for the KMC has begun and should be completed before 24th February 2018.
The Central Committee is further requesting for Committees to leave the door open for any negotiation with any candidate who wishes to be part of a coalition, or united front selection exercise for the respective electoral contests.
Those who are selected as PDOIS candidates so far, are as follows:
ADMINISTRATIVE AREA CONSTITUENCY WARD CANDIDATE
BANJUL BANJUL SOUTH Half Die Ward: Dawda Haffner
Portuguese Town Ward: Alhagi Massireh Njie
BANJUL CENTRAL New Town East Ward: Mamour Touray
BANJUL NORTH Box Bar Ward: Shiekh Tijan Jagne
Campama Ward: Abdoulie Ceesay
KANIFING MUNICIPALITY SERREKUNDA
London Corner Ward : Musa Cham
SERREKUNDA WEST Latrikunda German Ward: Sheriff M. Fall
Kololi Ward Peter Mendy
Manjai Kunda/ Kotu Ward: Modou Lamin Keita
BUNDUNGKA KUNDA Mauritanie: Alhagi Sillah
WEST COAST REGION BUSUMBALA : Lamin Ward John Bass
OLD YUNDUM Kunkujang Ward: Fatou Janneh
NORTH BANK REGION LOWER NIUMI Essau Ward: Alieu Cham
UPPER NIUMI Prince Ward: Kabo Bakayoko
Pakau Njogu Ward : Momodou B. Jallow
JOKADU Darsilameh Ward: Bakary Saidy
Kuntair Ward: Babou Jobe
SABACH SANJAL S WARD: Pa Abdou Boye
CENTRAL RIVER REGION NIANI Kuntaur Ward: Kebba Drammeh
LOWER SALOUM Kaur Janneh Kunda Ward: Momodou Kassama
SAMI Banni Ward: Adama Ceesay
Karantaba Ward: Samba Jobe
UPPER FULLADU WEST Bansang Ward: Bolleh Mbye
Galleh Ward : Malick Ceesay
Daru Ward: Alieu Suwareh
NIANIJA Chamen Ward: Rakie Cham
UPPER RIVER REGION WULI WEST sera Ngai Ward: Lamin Fatty
Sutukonding Ward: Saibeh Juwara
WULI EAST Foday Kunda Ward: Saja F.K. Kamateh
Baja Kunda Ward: Omar Garry
Secretary General 20/02/2018