A Special Adviser to the president, Halifa Sallah has announced he will be seeking to become a National Assembly Member for Serrekunda East, a constituency he lost to Majority Leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta.
Many are hoping that Mr. Sallah becomes the Speaker of the House, but he has to be nominated by the president, which he has declined.
Sallah played a leading role in uniting eight opposition groups in the coalition that led to Jammeh’s defeat in the polls. He did not say if he would be running under, NADD, PDOIS or as an independent candidate.
“National assembly is as important as the executive. It guides and checks the executive in governance. Remember ministers will be bringing bills and policies to the Assembly and it is important when they look around they see faces that they respect” Sallah said.
Parliament failed in its oversight responsible becoming a rubber stamp parliament for Jammeh. Sallah says parliament should serve the people and not political parties.
“We need to get the best National Assembly that acts as an oversight institution, holds the government accountable and stand for the Gambian people. This is the Assembly we want,” he said.
Sallah is currently part of a team of politicians who are looking into electoral reforms ahead of parliamentary polls. They hope to have the nomination fees for candidates reduced.