Gambians Vote In First Presidential Election Since Dictatorship
Sumaira FH Published December 04, 2021 | 02:40 PM
Banjul, Gambia, Dec 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Dec, 2021 ) :Gambians began voting on Saturday in the first presidential election in the tiny West African nation since former dictator Yahya Jammeh fled into exile.
The voting will be closely watched as a test of the democratic transition in The Gambia, where Jammeh ruled for 22 years after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1994.
President Barrow, 56, is now running for re-election, and faces five other candidates.
Polls opened at 8 am (0800 GMT), with long lines forming well before dawn in the capital Banjul.
Student and part-time waitress Jariatou Touray said she had been waiting to vote since 6 am.
"It is a very important to vote because we want change," he said. "The times have been hard, the economy is bad."