At least eight people have thrown in their names in the heated race to become the UDP party candidate for next year’s Kanifing Municipality mayoral polls, party sources confirmed.
Party did not specify how many people have formally notified its secretariat of their intention to run for the critical mayoral seat under their ticket.
Names have, however, been spewed around of those seeking to contest under the UDP ticket, including that of Majidi Touray, Papa Njie, and Musa Cham.
Many more within the UDP are expected to apply amid deep divisions in the party that has the largest stake in The Gambia’s unity government.
UDP swept the parliamentary polls in April, winning an absolute majority for the first time in its 21 year history. It boycotted parliamentary elections in 2011 after losing the race to the State House.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is a member of the party. He was the party’s presidential hopeful before he had to resign to lead the coalition that defeated ex-President Yahya Jammeh in last year’s elections.
At least three independent candidates have made public their intentions to vie for the mayoral ship of the country’s commercial hub.
Campaigns are in high gear with the independent candidates already battling to pull supporters to their side, while most of the traditional political parties wait till February to announce their nominees.