Gambia 2016 ballot boxes
Gambia 2016 ballot boxes

(JollofNews) -Thousands of Gambians are casting their votes in today’s presidential election.

The small West African nation of less than two million people has been ruled by President Yahya Jammeh since 1994, when the then 29-year-old seized power in a bloodless coup.

Mr Jammeh who is eyeing a fifth term was re-elected in 2011 with 72 per cent of the votes. He is beng challenged by Mamma Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) and Adama Barrow of the opposition coalition.

886, 578 Gambians have been registered to vote in the election as opposed to 796, 929 in the last election while the number of polling stations have also increased from 1300 in 2011 to 1422 and votes will be counted on the spot as soon as the polls close at 1700 hrs.

We will publish the election results as soon as they are announced by the Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The Gambia Decides