Gambia goes to polls today Saturday December 4, 2021, to decide the next president to rule for the next five years at 08:00 GMT and set to close at 17:00 GMT. Results will be coaliated and announced as early as Sunday.
Since longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh was forced into exile in January 2017 after Barrow, relatively unknown at the time, defeated him at the ballot box. His departure to Equatorial Guinea ended a 22-year rule marked by a litany of alleged crimes, abuses and financial plunder.
Barrow is running on a continuity ticket, pointing to infrastructure projects completed under his watch, as well as increased civil liberties.
How the Gambia Voting is Done
Gambia votting system is quiet unique. they dont use ballot pappers but rather uses glass marbles.
In the votting centre, their ID cards are checked and they are directed to a series of drums painted in party colors representing each candidate. on the top of each drum is a pipe into which the voter will slot a marble handed over by an election official.
A bell sounds as the marble falls for an official to check if two marbles has been dropped. The result is counted at end of voting.
Jammeh will not have his own ballot box this time, questions over his continuing role in politics – and his possible return from exile – have been central themes in the run-up to the election.
The 56 year old Jammeh, had seized power in a 1994 coup, retains significant political support in The Gambia and has sought to influence the vote.
List of Candidates for this year 2021.
- Ousainou Darboe (United Democratic Party) – a lawyer wey serve as Oga Barrow vice-president. E follow for di coalition wey bring down former President Jammeh and e dey contest for di fifth time
- Essa Mbye Faal (Independent) – na lawyer and former lead counsel for di just concluded TRRC. E dey contest for di first time
- Mama Kandeh (Gambia Democratic Congress) – She was third in the 2016 election.
- Abdoulie Ebrima Jammeh (National Unity Party) – a former teacher contesting for the first time.
- Halifa Sallah (People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism) – a member of parliament contesting for the fifth time.
Gambia is the smallest African countries that have enjoyed stability for a long time. They have only one type of soil that made them plant only one type o crop-peanut.
The stability really made them prosper.