The Gambia’s coalition of seven opposition groups took the country’s island capital, Banjul by storm in the run-up to the December 1 presidential polls.
Coalition presidential hopeful Adama Barrow addressed thousands from his vehicle’s sunroof amid cheers and applauses.
Observers of The Gambia’s elections say they have never seen such crowds with the opposition in the past. The increase in support for the opposition as President Yahya Jammeh’s popularity dwindle is accompanied by arrests of their supporters.
At least three opposition supporters who were key mobilizers for the ruling party were arrested. Six journalists were also arrested this month.
Adama Barrow poses the most credible challenge to Jammeh’s rule since he came to power in 1994. Analyst say the opposition coalition, however, faces the challenge of translating its large crowd of supporters into votes. Nearly a million people are expected to vote on Thursday, in which both the incumbent and the opposition are saying they are sure to win.