EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambian President Adama Barrow has fulfilled his plan to form a political party through which he will seek a mandate next to his transitional term under the motto: Peace, Progress and Unity.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced in a press release on Tuesday of the registration of ‘National Peoples Party’ with the acronym ‘NPP’ to which the current president serves as ‘interim Secretary General and Party Leader’.
“The Independent Electoral Commission hereby wishes to notify the general public that having met the requirements for registration under section 105 of the Elections Act 2009 (as amended) a new party: 1. National Peoples Party has this 31st day of December, 2019 been duly registered as a bona fide political party”, it stated.
Barrow who claimed popularity following a successful meet the peoples’ tour earlier in December, announced plans to register a party before end of the year.
“After all meetings we had with people across the regions in the country, Lower River Region, Central River Region, North Bank Region, Upper River Region, West Coast Region, Kanifing Municipality and Banjul asked me President Barrow to form my own political party and I am here today, affirming that I am going to register my own party before the end of December and which will also be launched in January, 2020”, he said.
He came to power as independent candidate supported by eight political parties that led to a historic victory over the twenty-two-year rule of the APRC government under former president, Yahya Jammeh. By this move, he also pledged to formally launch the party in 2020.
“This is what I was waiting from Gambians to decide whether I should form my own political party or not, and now; as you have already decided for me to form a political party, this is to inform you that before the end of December, I will register my party and launch it in 2020.”
The new party whose Secretariat is in Churchill’s Town is distinguished with a Dark Grey colour with a White Horse as symbol.
Story by Juldeh Njie