Jun 25, 2020, 11:08 AM
National Assembly Members (NAMs) on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Mr. Yusupha Baboucarr Dibba as a member of Armed Forces Council of The Gambia.
Candidates Adama Barrow of NPP, Ousainu Darboe of UDP, Halifa Sallah of PDOIS, Mama Kandeh of GDC, Abdoulie Jammeh of NUP and Essa Faal, Independent Candidate will seek the electorates’ mandate to occupy State House.
Polling starts 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 PM
There will be on the spot counting. The Gambia has a population of 1.9 million inhabitants.
The Electoral System
The Gambia’s electoral system is based on a simple majority or first past the post system. Voting is by secret ballot using the marble and drum system which is unique to The Gambia. Instead of the ballot paper form which is used worldwide, voters in The Gambia are given marble to vote after presenting their valid biometric voter’s card.
Each presidential candidate has a separate sealed drum box identified by his or her photograph with party color and symbol.
After receiving marble, voters go in secret, drop their marble through a tube in a drum of their candidate of choice; marble strikes a bell inside the drum as it falls. The sound of the bell can be heard clearly even outside the booth. This arrangement prevents multiple voting as commonly seen in some elections in Africa. This system, which is said to be tamper-proof, was invented after many experiments by two colonial officials, Smith and Weston.
On polling day, each candidate is allowed to have agents in each polling station. With the new amendment to the election law, vote counting would now be done on the spot.
As political parties in the country prepare towards the December 4 presidential election, Ousainou Darboe, the leader and standard-bearer of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has urged UDP supporters to always maintain peace and stability and avoid any forms of violence ahead of the election.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) last Thursday engaged major credit dealers and GSM operators in the country to raise the red flag on the trending credit scam.
The forum was purposely meant to alert, brainstorm and generate diverse tactics and approaches as a counter-measure to the credit scammers.