Massive voter turnout in Gambia’s election

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By Alhagie Jobe

 

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Long queues with massive turnout of voters are reported in Thursday presidential election in The Gambia despite little information coming out of the country.

 

The government shut down the internet gateway and blocked international calls on the eve of the elections raising concerns and fear of election rigging by the incumbent President Yahya Jammeh who has ruled the country for 22 years.

 

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Despite, The Fatu Network is able to obtain latest pictures from one voting center in Sukuta, in Kombo North as voting progresses.

 

Polls opened as early as 08:00am GMT in the small West African nation of The Gambia.

 

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A total of over 880, 000 Gambians are registered to votes in this year’s election in a country of less than 1.5 million people.

 

Incumbent President Yahya Jammeh who has ruled the tiny West African nation since 1994 is facing perhaps the biggest political challenge throughout his 22 years in power. He is been challenged by Adama Barow who is leading a revitalized and united opposition coalition and Mama Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress who was a former National Assembly member of the ruling Jammeh APRC party.

 

Voting closes at 18:00hrs GMT after which countring takes effect. The results are expected early Friday, December 2nd, 2016.

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