United Democratic Party’s (UDP) flag-bearer in Banjul, Rohey Malick-Lowe, has
been duly elected mayoress in Banjul after a very tight mayoral race.
She defeated her most formidable opponent, incumbent Abdoulie Bah and seven other candidates including Ebou Faye in a race that attracted great attention in the capital’s politics.
The election of Rohey M. Lowe marks the dawn of a new era, with the first mayoress elected at the helm of the Banjul City Council (BCC). According independent analysts, her wining was a sign of surge of political awareness in the country particularly among the women folk.
The mayoress elect then unveils part of her priorities in which she would like to begin her work in Banjul, citing that Banjul being the capital city of the country has been in a very bad shape, and therefore promised to change that.
“I believe that I am the only person that can change Banjul like the way they wanted it to be. As we all know, Banjul’s sewage system, sanitation and infrastructure amongst others are all problems,” she said.
According to her, she is a problem solver and that she believes that she is the only one who can solve problems in Banjul, noting that they have an all-inclusive approach in solving the problems of Banjul.
The Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Alieu Momar Njie has described the Mayoral and Chairmanship elections as free, fair and transparent, pointing out the low voter turnout as the only problem.
The final results of the elections in Banjul reads: Rohey Malick-Lowe: 2, 836 votes; incumbent Abdoulie Bah, Independent: 2, 292 votes; Lizzie Eunson, Independent: 1, 576 votes; Adama Halla Samba Independent: 1, 258 votes; Paul Bass Independent: 71 votes; Pa Musa Ndiaye of GDC: 188 votes; Ebou Faye Independent: 1871 votes, Alhagie Jah, 118 votes: Abdoulie Saine of APRC, 554 votes.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter, the mayoress-elect of Banjul expressed happiness for being elected in to the mayoral post, saying she was confidence of winning the elections well before announcing the results.