Nov 5, 2021, 2:10 PM
According to the Guinean Electoral Commission (CENI), 13,785 Guinean registered voters took part in the civic exercise.
The electoral officials say, 10,971 of the registered Guinean voters in The Gambia are male while the female voters account for 2,814.
The main contenders in the 12 candidate tense presidential run of are incumbent Alpha Conde who is seeking third term and opposition leader Cellou Dallen Diallo.
And Guineans in The Gambia will have a say on who will lead them in the next six years.
According to the head of the Guinea Electoral Commission in The Gambia Michel P. Koivogui, all the voting materials have been provided, the elections began on time and there were no major hitches to the electoral process.
Guinea’s presidential election is closely observed as tension in Conakry continues to run off after incumbent Conde organised a constitutional referendum to avail him the right to contest for the third term.
The opposition boycotted the referendum leaving Conde’s supporters to endorse the constitution.
After casting his vote on Sunday in Conakry, incumbent Prof Alpha Conde told Guineans to be responsible and peaceful.
His opponent and opposition leader meanwhile Cellou Dalen Diallo also after voting, said he is assured of victory against President Conde.
Bilo Barry, a registered voter, expressed his delight, saying “I feel very happy about this day because we need to change the President of the Republic of Guinea and we need peace and stability.”
Muhammed Barry another voter said: “We have to vote in a peaceful manner, everyone has the civic right to vote for the president he wants, so I’m urging all the Guineans to vote peacefully.”
“I’m calling on the politicians to stop the division because in Guinea we now have this ethnic division and regional division, so I am calling on the politicians to stop the division.”
Opposition parties had initially planned to boycott the presidential election after Conde defied calls not to change the constitution to his advantage marred by violence and deaths in the capital Conakry.
However, opposition leader Cellou Dallen Diallo changed his mind and announced his candidacy, claiming a genuine chance to defeat incumbent Prof Alpha Conde after the previous two attempts.
Martin Kyere, the sole known survivor of the 2005 massacre of 44 West African nationals by ‘Junglers’ in The Gambia, and William Nyarko, executive director of the Africa Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), are scheduled to fly into Banjul to testify before the TRRC in a bid to shed light on the incident that was carried allegedly on orders of the former President.
An ongoing conference of ECOWAS Ministers of Agriculture and technocrats, backed by the West African Monetary Union, international financial institutions, UN bodies, international NGOs, private sector and civil society is seeking ways to ensure that a physical stockpile of 40, 000 metric tonnes of food reserve is established for member states of the sub region.
Principal Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie, the newly-appointed coroner, presided over the inquest into the death of Januaro Wande Beducande Findon, a Guinea Bissau national.