The United Democratic Party (UDP) Congress kicks off today in The Gambia. The Congress will run throughout the weekend. Voting is expected to be done on Sunday. One hundred and sixty (1,060) delegates are eligible to vote. There will be twenty (20) delegates from each constituency who will be voting come on Sunday.
There are thirty-three elective positions during Sunday’s voting. Ousainou Darboe, the outgoing Secretary General and Leader of the UDP, has put up his candidature for today’s Congress. So far, no one has announced his or her interest of opposing Darboe. Darboe is likely going to go unopposed.
Mariam B Secka, AKA Aji Yam Secka, who happens to be the outgoing UDP Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Party Leader, is also vying for the same position. Like Ousainou Darboe, Ms. Secka too, is likely to going to run unopposed.
There are few new faces vying for UDP Executive positions in this year’s Congress. Ablie Suku Singhateh, a former APRC Member of Parliament and Tombong Saidy, a former GRTS Managing Director, have both expressed interest in assuming leadership positions at the UDP. Suku Singhateh wants to be elected National Organizing Secretary for the UDP, while Tombong Saidy, wants to serve as the party’s Admin Secretary for External Affairs.
President Adama Barrow will be away from the country while the Congress is underway. He is attending a conference in Egypt.