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Over 400, 000 Gambians head to the polls tomorrow

Apr 3, 2013, 10:41 AM

A total number of 481, 884 registered Gambian voters will tomorrow go to the polls to elect their representatives in the various councils across the country, in a local government election boycotted yet again by the opposition.

The election will not take place in 68 of the 114 wards across the country, as they went unopposed to the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party.

Six mayoral aspirants in Banjul and the Kanifing Municipality are vying for mayoral seats. Incumbent Samba Faal of the ruling APRC is facing three independent candidates, namely Abdoulie Bah, Alhaji Jah and Basirou Ndow, while incumbent Yankuba Colley also of the APRC will come up against Sheikh Omar Saho, an independent candidate.

According to statistics released by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), out of a total of 1300 polling stations, voting will only take place in 761 polling stations during this election, representing 58 percent.

Campaigning ahead of the polls closed on Tuesday, after two weeks of intense lobbying by the various candidates, which include 10 from the opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP) and 40 independent candidates.