Polling ends as Gambia voters pick new president

Written by Staff Writer The first round of voting in the presidential election in Gambia ended on Sunday after two days of voting. President Adama Barrow is looking to secure a second term after…

Polling ends as Gambia voters pick new president

Written by Staff Writer

The first round of voting in the presidential election in Gambia ended on Sunday after two days of voting.

President Adama Barrow is looking to secure a second term after changing the constitution to allow him to remain in office following his inauguration on 20 January 2017.

His opponent, incumbent President Yahya Jammeh, is trailing in the polls and has failed to properly declare himself a candidate after violating election regulations. He is appealing the electoral commission’s decision to rule against him.

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Jammeh signed a peace agreement in the Banjul Conference Center on January 9, 2018, at the invitation of Nigeria, Senegal, Gambia and West African regional bloc ECOWAS.

The accord removed him from power, transferred power to the National Assembly, set up a transitional government and set a December election date.

This election is a critical test for the Gambia and the West African bloc. Barrow is expected to succeed in peacefully delivering Jammeh’s seat of power after 16 years, but must face-off against a strong challenge from Jammeh.

A poll last month showed Jammeh will win this election if he takes part.

Jammeh is the only candidate who has declared himself the winner of the first round of voting. The Independent Electoral Commission has declared Barrow the winner of the first round of voting but not the people.

The results were due to be announced on Saturday but this is to be announced on Monday by Jammeh or the Independent Electoral Commission.

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