Despite UDP’s win, low voter turnout hits Brikama

Monday, May 14, 2018

Brikama has been hit by low voter turnout despite Sheriffo Sonko of United Democratic Party (UDP) being duly elected chairman of the Brikama Area Council.

Alpha Sowe, a presiding officer of one of the polling stations at Brikama Box Ba has said that he was so disappointed by the low voter turnout, suggesting that Gambians should be sensitised more on the importance of mayoral and chairmanship elections. “My station here, the turnout was very low. I was given 679 tokens for my station but only two hundred and thirty nine casted their votes, which is very poor, to be honest.”

Sowe called on citizens to be casting their vote for the rightful candidates. He added that if all boycott elections, then there will be no leaders in our council and without leaders, our administrations’ economies will be misused.

Lamin Sanneh, a voter who claimed to be APRC supporter opined that those sitting home without casted their votes have no right to complain about how local administrations should function because they deny their rights to themselves.

“I am a good citizen and I know my right, so I will vote in order to make a better choice of mine.”   

Sheriff Sonko on Saturday beat his contestants by scoring 32, 698 votes. Alliance for patriotic Re-orientation and Construction –APRC- Candidate Bakary Saibou Sanneh took second by scoring 24, 697, Fansu Sanneh for Gambia Democratic Congress –GDC- scored 4, 760 and Lamin Jamba Jammeh for Independent Candidate scored 5, 363.

Author: Pa Modou Cham