(JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia is heading to the country’s electoral commission to file his nomination for next month’s election.
Mr Jammeh 51, who has been in power since July 1994 and is eyeing a fifth presidential term, is being accompanied from Banjul by senior government officials and thousands of his supporters.
As part of the requirements, Mr Jammeh will submit for scrutiny a declaration of his assets and show proof to the commission that he has got the backing of 5000 registered voters from various regions of the country. He will also pay a deposit of D500,000 and proof of his income tax clearance.
The Gambia with a population of less than two million, will hold presidential election on 1st December with 886, 578 Gambians expected to vote, according official figures from the electoral commission.
Mr Jammeh is being challenged in the polls by Mamma Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress and Adama Barrow who is heading a coalition of opposition parties including the Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), the National Reconciliation Party (NRP), the Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), the National Convention Party (NCP), the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) the Gambia Party for Democracy and Progress (GPDP).
The Gambia operates a simple majority vote system and a candidate who has a simple majority of votes would be declared winner.