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“The Last Time I saw This Kind Of Crowd Was During The 2001 Elections” A Fruit Sellers Tells The Fatu Network

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Thousands of people were out in the streets of Banjul wednesday afternoon, November 16, 2016 to join the coalition flag-bearer Adama Barrow as he embarks on day one of his presidential campaign.’Gele geles’ and passenger vehicles carrying supporters were seen heading to The Banjul Ferry Terminal where Barrow and his delegation gathered shortly before boarding the ferry to The North Bank Region.

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Speaking to our reporters on the ground, Isatou Bah, a fruit seller at Westfield said the entourage she saw passing around Westfield was a big one. She said she has not seen this kind of crowd since 2001 election. “I have seen more than sixty gele geles at westfield plus about 30 more at Tallinding.


I’ve seen others coming from Brikama,” said one Principal Education Officer who preferred to remain anonymous. He said he was not sure whether all the vehicles in the entourage would be able to cross at the terminal on the same day. However, Fanta Janneh, a young woman residing at Latri Kunda said she only wished that Mamma Kandeh and his supporters were part of the coalition. She said they should continue talking to him so he can join them. Fanta added that with what she saw today, she may support the coalition before the elections.

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Buba Saidy, a timber dealer said the crowd is important but what matters most is the casting votes. “There are six votes in my compound. We will all vote for the coalition,” he said. Meanwhile, he called on the opposition supporters to come out and vote massively.

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