First of all, I believe the Gambian constitution disqualifies Mr. Mama Kandeh to be president. This is based on the simple reason that he failed to fulfill the requirements of being a high school graduate. According to 1997 constitution part 1:
(1)d. A person shall be qualified for election as president if : he or she has completed senior secondary school education; and
1c. He or she is qualified to be elected as a member of the National Assembly.
Part (3) went further to state disqualifying factors ; A person, while holding public office in The Gambia has been:
3a. Compulsorily retired, terminated or dismissed from such office or
3b, has been found guilty of any criminal offence by any court or tribunal established by law ; or
3c. Has been found liable for misconduct, negligence, corruption or improper behavior by any commission or committee of inquiry established by law shall not be qualified for election as president.
As far as education requirement is concerned Mama Kandeh has never attended high school, therefore he is not qualified to run for office of presidency. When Mama Kandeh was in National Assembly, he was dismissed and expelled by president Jammeh from the APRC which result to his lost of Public office. The question which is very essential to ask “why mama kandeh was dismissed from his former party? Was it because of improper behavior, corruption or misconduct? These are the most important questions which must be answered by president Jammeh and APRC. If Mama Kandeh was dismissed from public office because of corruption, improper behavior or misconduct from the result of established APRC committee then It is violations of our constitution to let mama kandeh contest for the office of presidency. I believe the mama kandeh is not qualified to contest presidential election if our constitutional provisions are strictly and truly adhered to for the common interest of the Gambian people. The office of presidency is the highest political office in the Gambia. The office of presidency should be occupied by someone with exceptional moral leadership values, skills and responsibility. He or she must be someone with highest moral standing with strong sense of conviction to pursue the common interest of Gambian people. Mama has failed to show moral leadership when he was in the National Assembly. He has given blind eye to atrocities committed by Jammeh’s regime. Mr Kandeh has supported and advocated for all the repressive laws which oppress the constitutional rights of Gambian people. Therefore, he is no different from Dictator Jammeh. In open and democratic society, Mama Kandeh is not even qualified to be elected in local city council because he lacks basic leadership qualities such as empathy, humility, reliability, visionary and problem solving skills. Mr Kandeh spent ten years in the National Assembly without advocating and supporting any laws which advance our democracy or economic wellbeing. Why would Gambians even listen to Mama kandeh when he never truly cares about their economic development and constitutional rights. Mama Kandeh is simply a political opportunist and agent of dictatorship. He and Dictator Jammeh continue to be in bed for the exploitation of Gambian resources so the oppression of ordinary citizens can continue. Both Jammeh and Kandeh do not care about corruption and the rule of law. Mama Kandeh has questionable qualifications and leadership skills which truly disqualified him as a leader of a political party much more to be president of the Gambia. In essence, Mama Kandeh is the most disqualified presidential candidate in the history of The Gambia.