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Upper Nuimi Independent candidate withdraws from polls

Mar 19, 2012, 11:45 AM

The Independent Electoral Commission, IEC, has announced the withdrawal of the independent candidate for Upper Nuimi constituency from contesting the March 29 National Assembly Election.

Pa Modou Njie, according to a news release from the IEC, withdrew his candidature in keeping with the relevant section of the Elections Act.

The IEC said the Returning Officer, Isatou Jallow-Ndure, has filled the acceptance of withdrawal form, and handed it over to Pa Modou Njie.

Nominations ahead of the polls were completed by the IEC, with 24 out of a total of 48 elected seats in the National Assembly going to the ruling APRC, whose candidates were declared nominated unopposed, due to a pull-out from the election by six opposition parties.

Nomination results released by the Commission showed that the opposition National Reconciliation Party, NRP, the only opposition party taking part in the election, has fielded eight candidates including party leader Hamat Bah, who is eyeing a comeback as a parliamentarian for the Upper Saloum constituency in the Central River Region.

Earlier results also showed that a total of 20 independent candidates, including the youth leader of the opposition UDP party, and Kebba Yerro Manneh, a social commentator, has been nominated to seek the mandate of the electorate in their constituencies.