Banjul Elects First Female Mayoress

By Sarata Jabbi

In recent years women have taken a further stride in Gambian politics. It is common knowledge that in the history of the Gambia women were known to be mothers, carers, house wives, and supporters of men in politics. Majority of Gambian women have struggled over issues affecting them, particularly their rights to become leaders, decision making, etc.

Rohey Malick Lowe

It seems that an increasing number of women have the confidence in taking up political post when politics have been known to be men’s domain. For instance the first and second vice president, Isatou Njie Saidy and Fotoumata Jallow Tambajang respectively. Furthermore there are other women whose capability earned them high ranking post. The newest position they’ve occupied is the city council’s mayoral role.

For the first time in the history of the Gambia a female candidate has been elected as the mayoress of Banjul. Rohey Malick Lowe was nominated by the United Democratic Party (UDP) to become their flag bearer for Banjul sometime in February this year.

According to a press release from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Rohey has 2,836 votes confirming her as the winner and the Mayoress of the Banjul City Council.

In her campaign period, Rohey’s immediate priority areas include, but not limited to Sanitation, Municipal Economy and Public Infrastructure.

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