UDP Opens Candidate Applications for Mayor, Chairperson Selection

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The National Executive Committee of Gambia’s United Democratic Party (UDP) has announced their opening of applications for the selection of party candidates for Mayors, chairpersons and councillors across the country for interested members following the country’s election commission’s announcement of 12th March and 12th April 2018 as dates for Nominations and Council Elections for Mayors and Councillors respectively.
The party’s executive said application forms and selection guideline will be available with the party Regional Chairpersons at each of their Regional Bureaus from 5th to 20th January 2018.
It stated that Applicants shall meet the qualification requirement as laid down by IEC.
The selection committee for each Region or Municipality comprising the party National President or his representative as chairperson and members of the Regional Executive Committee as members shall meet on Sunday 21st January 2018 to make a list for the selection.
Whereas more than one candidate is listed, the selection committee said it may engage the applicants for a possible consensus for one candidate and whereas a consensus could not be reached for a party candidate, the selection committee shall convene a party regional primary on Sunday 4th February 2018 to select the party candidate.
The primary delegates for each region shall comprise the Regional Chairperson and twenty delegates per constituency selected by the constituency executive committee which shall comprise five men, five women, five male youth and five female youth. “A delegate shall be a registered voter in the region possessing a valid voter’s card.”
The party’s executive indicated that any candidate who secure 50% + 1 vote in the first ballot from the total valid votes cast shall emerge as the winner and henceforth shall be duly selected as the party Mayor or Chairperson Candidate. “There shall be second ballot in the event that no candidate obtains an absolute majority and the winner of which shall be selected as the party candidate.”
The same selection guideline procedure will be applied for candidates vying for councilliorship.
The selection committee for each ward comprising the party constituency chairperson as chairperson, assisted by the party National Assembly Member, the Constituency Secretary-General and a representative of the regional executive committee and members of the party ward executive committee as members shall meet on Saturday 20th January 2018 to make a list for the selection.
Whereas more than one candidate is listed, the selection committee may engage the applicants for a possible consensus for one candidate and equally whereas a consensus could not be reached for a party candidate, the selection committee shall convene a party ward primary on Saturday 3rd February 2018 to select the party candidate.
The primary delegates for each ward shall comprise the Ward Chairperson and thirty-two members per ward selected by the ward executive committee which shall comprise, eight men, eight women, eight male youth and eight female youth. A delegate shall be a registered voter in the ward possessing a valid voter’s card.
The candidate, who secured 50% + 1 vote in the first ballot from the total valid votes cast, shall emerge as the winner and henceforth shall be duly selected as the party Ward Councillor Candidate. There shall be second ballot in the event no candidate obtained an absolute majority and the winner of which shall be selected as the party candidate.

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