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IEC registers 96,000 voter applicants, replaces 14,000 cards

Mar 15, 2016, 9:58 AM

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has completed its supplementary voter registration exercise, after registering 96,626 voter applicants and replacing 14,395 voter’s cards.

The exercise took place from 14 January to 12 March 2016 across The Gambia, ahead of the beginning of the new election cycle.

A press release from the IEC sent today to this paper stated: “The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) wish to inform the general public that the total provisional number of applicants registered at the end of the supplementary registration of voters is ninety-six thousand and twenty-six (96,626) voters.

“Fourteen thousand three hundred and ninety-five (14,395) voters had also replaced their voter’s cards.”

The most crucial election, the presidential election, will be held on 1 December 2016 with legislative polls scheduled for four months later on 6 April 2017 and the Local Government elections on 12 April 2018.

The ruling the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) of President Yahya Jammeh has won all the three elections since 1996; the party won the most recent one in 2011 with 72% of the vote.