By Lamin Cham
The National People’s Party will start the selection of its aspiring candidates for the 9th April National Assembly elections today.
Seedy Njie, deputy spokesman of the NPP told The Standard yesterday that selections will be conducted simultaneously in all constituencies from today, Tuesday, to Friday.
Mr Njie further disclosed that the NPP is expected to announce the list of seats it intends to contest as well those left for its coalition partners today. ”According to our rules, where there is no consensus among aspirants in any given constituency, the process will proceed to secret ballots to be supervised by the regional and assigned national executive committee members of that region,” Mr Njie said.
The NPP fought the presidential elections backed by a plethora of parties and is expected to work with them in an alliance in the National Assembly elections. However, some of the coalition partners have expressed their fear that unless a meeting is called to iron out modalities for the election, there could be division among the partners over the issue. A number of the parties have said they want to contest more seats than they are holding in the current parliament, but sources within the coalition suggested that the NPP has not agreed to that.
Mr Njie could not confirm this but referred this medium to wait for the party’s official announcement today.