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Date:01 Dec 2016
Polls Open in Gambia Elections with a shutdown of internet and communication

Voting begins at 7:00 GMT amidst a communication blackout in The Gambia on Thursday morning as electorates are getting ready to cast their ballots. Internet and mobile phone connectivity were reportedly cut since last night.

886, 578 voters are expected vote in the Gambia presidential election to decide either to maintain incumbent President, Yahya Jammeh who has ruled the country since 1994 or elect a new president.

Seven major opposition parties in the Gambia have formed a coalition with Mr. Adama Burrow an Estate Agent as their flagbearer. Also in the race is a former ruling party MP Mama Kandeh, who is stand for the Gambian Democratic Congress (GDC)

Mr.Jammeh is standing on the ticket of Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC).

 In total there will be 1,422 polling stations in 53 constituencies open in the seven administrative regions of The Gambia.  to cast their ballots to elect the next president of the country.

The winner will serve a five-year term and will have to formulate and implement policies to alleviate the poverty situation in the Western African Nation where a third of the population survive on $1.25 or less a day, according to the UN.

The Gambia has a unique voting system, which sees citizens vote by dropping a marble into a coloured drum.


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