Gambians are voting today, December 4, 2021, in the first post-dictatorship presidential election.
Here are 14 facts and figures you should know:
Number of Registered Voters: There are 962, 157 voters eligible to cast marbles at various voting centers across the country.
Of the total registered voters, 545,318 are female and 416, 839 are male.
Number of Voting Centers: There are 1, 554 polling stations across the country.
Number of Regions: Voters will cast ballots in 7 administrative regions.
Voting Age: The voting age is 18-years and above.
Voting Time: The voting begins at 8am and end by 5pm.
Voters who found themselves in the queue at 5pm will be allowed to cast their ballots.
Parties and Candidates: There are 5 political parties and 1 independent candidate contesting for the highest political office, the presidency.
Electoral System: Gambia’s electoral system is a simple majority ballot system (first-past-the-post system)
Vote Tallying: Counting of votes begins immediately after polls closed, on the spot.
Winner: Winner will be known early or by mid Sunday
Disputes: Parties and candidates disputing the results can file petitions with the Supreme Court within 10 days from when winner is announced
Inauguration: Winner is inaugurated in about two months after the vote
Presidential Term: The winner of the polls will serve a 5-year mandate until 2026
Written By Omar Faye
- FEATURED IMAGE: Ballot drums in which voters will cast glass marbles readied for Saturday’s general election (Photo Credit: IEC)