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GMC leader may contest parliamentary poll

Feb 22, 2012, 12:26 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

The leader and founder of the opposition Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), Mai Ahmad Fatty, has told The Point that he is not ruling out the possibility of contesting the forthcoming National Assembly elections due on 29th March.

A native of Nyakoi Kerewan in the Wuli West constituency of the Upper River Region, Fatty,whose party forged an alliance with the opposition UDP in last year’s presidential election, made the revelation in an interview with this reporter.

Having maintained a low profile since after the last presidential election in November 2011, the GMC leader, should be deciding to run for parliament, will be seeking a seat that has over the years been occupied by Sidia Jatta of the opposition National Alliance for Democracy and Development (NADD).

“If everything goes on well, I will contest the 29th March parliamentary polls,” he said, adding that his party will make a difference.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission, nomination of candidates for next month’s elections will take place at the IEC regional offices across the country from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th March 2012.

It said campaigning will commence on Wednesday 14th March and end on Tuesday 27th March 2012.

It is worth noting that out of a total of 53 seats in the National Assembly, the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction has 47 of which 5 are nominated MPs.

The opposition United Democratic Party has only four seats, while the National Alliance for Democracy and Development has one seat, and one seat is held by an independent candidate.