MAYOR COLLEY AND KEBBA YORRO MANNEH HAVE SPOKEN ON THE JANJANGBUREY BY ELECTION OF MARCH 2015

THE FACTS AND THE LESSONS
The Janjangburey by election of March 2015 is now history. The APRC’s
National mobiliser, Mayor Yankuba Colley  and the Candidate , Kebba
Yorro Manneh have spoken  but the NRP  which sponsored Kebba Yorro
Manneh has not spoken.According to Mayor Colley, the Janjanburey by election is a signal to
what is to come in 2016. According to Kebba Yorro Manneh, the result
reveals that the APRC won through voter apathy because the electorates
were not satisfied that he stood under an NRP ticket.  Political
analysts should take it up from there.
The facts reveal that Janjanburey Constituency, the smallest in the
country, has  1715 registered voters . In the 2012 National Assembly
elections, Foday Gibani Manka stood for the APRC and had 609 votes.
Kebba Yorro Manneh stood as an Independent Candidate and had 477
votes. None of the Candidates had the support of more than 50 percent
of the registered voters but the race was close. Kebba lost to Foday
by 132 votes. 1086 out of 1715 registered voters cast their votes in
2012.
In the March 2015 by election, Ebrima Sarjo of the APRC had 741 votes
while Kebba Yorro Manneh,  standing  as an NRP candidate  had
110 votes. Even though none of the candidates had the support of more
than 50 percent of the registered voters the race was not close. Kebba
lost to Ebrima by 631 votes. Hence out of 1715 voters only 851 voters
cast their votes. This constitutes a drop in participation by 235
votes compared to 2012 despite the huge presence of officials and
resources in support of the candidate of the ruling party. The results
reveal that more than 50 percent of the voters in Janjanburey
constituency are yet to decide what to do with their votes.
Hence the concrete facts reveal that all political parties including
the ruling party should go back to the drawing board to map out what
is necessary to win the confidence of the people. This is the
significant lesson to be drawn.