Gambians are voting in presidential elections condemned by the West African regional body, Ecowas, as lacking legitimacy.

President Jammeh

Because of high rates of illiteracy, voters are casting their ballot by putting a glass marble into a coloured drum representing their candidate.


President Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in 1994, is seeking re-election.

Ecowas said the poll would not be free and fair because of high levels of intimidation by the ruling party.

“The preparations and political environment for the said election are adjudged by the commission not to be conducive for the conduct of free, fair and transparent polls,” the 15-state West African bloc said in a statement ahead of the poll. Read more…