Gambia’s electoral body says 886,578 eligible to vote in December election

Chair-IEC-NjieThe Gambia’s electoral body has announced that a total number of 886,578 voters are eligible to vote in this winter’s presidential election, showing an increment compared to the 796,929 in 2011.

Gambians go to the polls in December for a presidential election in which incumbent Yahya Jammeh is seeking for a fifth mandate.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) also announced that the polling stations are increased to 1422 compared to 1300 in the last presidential elections.

IEC Chairman Alieu Momarr Njie made the announcement Tuesday during an interactive session with political party leaders and representatives, and members of the press during which he gave statistics on the voter registration, number of constituencies and dates for nominations and campaigning period ahead of the polls.

Campaigns will be held from Wednesday, November 16 to Tuesday, November 29.

At least 89, 649 supplementary voters were registered making the total number of eligible voters  to stand at 886,578 as opposed to 796,929 in 2011.

The number of constituencies has increased to 53 after demarcations were made last year. Though needed for certain constituencies, some say it did not follow the right process. The electoral commission confirmed it did not conduct fresh registrations in the affected areas but said it took measures by putting constituency stickers on the voting cards of the affected voters to bring that situation in consonance with the electoral regulations.

“The concept of integrity is innate to the principles of democracy. Thus, this concept contributes immensely to the administration of free and fair elections, without which democracy would be compromised” Commissioner Njie told political leaders and the press.

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