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Published On: Thu, Apr 27th, 2023

GDC endorses incumbent Bensouda for KMCMayoral elections set for May 20

The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) party has endorsed the incumbent, Talib
Ahmed Bensouda for May 20, mayoral elections.
In a press release dated 27th April 2023 signed by the GDC spokesperson, Hon.
Abdoulie Jallow, it stated that the Gambia Democratic Congress Party under the
leadership of Honourable Mama Kandeh wishes to inform the Public particularly
its Party militants, supporters and sympathizers that, it has endorsed Talib Ahmed
Bensouda as the Mayoral Candidate for the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) in
the upcoming Mayoral and Chairmanship Elections. 

The release noted that as a Political Party, the GDC has carefully considered the
qualities and experience needed for a leader to effectively govern KM, noting that
Talib being the youngest Mayor in the history of the Council, “we have seen how
our people have realized unprecedented developments under him that have directly
impacted on their lives and daily struggles.
The release noted that it is therefore, the conviction of their Party that they throw
their weight behind Talib for the May 20th Election. This we believe means
working in line with our Party’s call for support of youths that are development-
oriented like Mayor Bensouda,” it stated. 

It added that the GDC’s decision is taken in good faith and of national interest as
well as to empower young people by providing them with opportunities that are
relevant to the needs and interests of all. That the GDC believes that endorsing
Lord Mayor Talib Bensouda will play a crucial role in his crusade for another term
in office.
As one of the biggest stakeholders in Gambian politics, GDC promotes and
recognizes the need to focus their efforts more to set clear priorities by measuring
what works and what doesn’t and rapidly scale up to successes by doing what is
right for the people of KM.

Yes, we are aware that Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda did not execute all his
wishes in his first term but we are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that he is a
visionary leader who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving
the lives and livelihoods of the citizens and residents of KM with a proven track
record of success in his first term in the council. During this period, he has
demonstrated the ability to bring people together, build consensus, and deliver
results that impacted on the people of KM
The release stated that Mayor Bensouda has a clear vision for the Council, one that
is focused on improving both human and infrastructural developments, increasing
economic opportunity, and ensuring that the citizens of KM have access to the
resources and services they need to thrive.

That he is a person of great integrity, compassion, and dedication and that the GDC
believes he (Bensouda) is the type of leader who will work tirelessly to make KM a
better place for all irrespective of political affiliation, religion, race or ethnicity.
“We therefore, once again urge all our Party militants, supporters and friends to
cast their votes for Lord Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda for KMC on 20th May
elections. Together with Mayor Bensouda, the GDC is hopeful we can build a
brighter future for the KM and ensure that it remains a place where citizens
particularly the Youth and women can thrive and prosper.
Furthermore, we would like to encourage the entire voter population of the
Kanifing Municipality to   vote for Mayor Talib Bensouda who is the right
Candidate that will help us all to realize our dreams knowing the daily struggles all
of us have been going through,” it revealed.

“Our decision to choose our leaders should not be based on personal interest, voter
inducement, tribal or political ties instead we should vote for a leader that will
bring us meaningful development. Having possessed all the qualities mentioned,
and being a leader who has a good track record, the Gambia Democratic Congress
believes there is a need to join hands with the youngest ever Mayor of KMC and
give him another mandate,” the release added.
It concluded that, looking at some of the achievements he made in his first term in
office and his plans for reelection, it is important that “we” give Bensouda “our”
support as “we” are hopeful that with him KMC and the people of KM will
continue to be in good hands.

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