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Gambia Incumbent Adama Barrow Wins Second Term Presidential Elections

The candidates include incumbent President Adama Barrow, who defeated Jammeh in 2016 as an opposition leader.

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Adama Barrow
Adama Barrow

Adama Barrow won a second term in the Gambia’s presidential election following Chairman of the commission, Alieu Momarr Njai, declared him the winner after announcing the final results.

Thousands of his supporters started celebrating on streets of Banjul, although his opponents disputed the results announced late Sunday.

Barrow, who ousted Dictator Yahya Jammeh five years ago,was well ahead of his main challenger Ousainou Darboe in results published in Sunday  afternoon by the electoral commission for almost 40 districts, out of 53 nationwide before the official announcement on Monday.

Nearly 1 million registered voters dropped marbles into one of six ballot bins, each adorned with the face and name of a candidate.

The candidates include incumbent President Adama Barrow, who defeated Jammeh in 2016 as an opposition leader.

Independent Electoral Commission presiding officer Musa Mbye told journalists that there were no major problems during the vote.

Adama Barrow was on December 6, 2021 declared the victor of The Gambia’s presidential election by the electoral commission, winning a second term in office in the tiny West African nation.

Barrow, 56, faced five challengers in his re-election bid, and the vote count was slow in part because of the country’s unusual voting system.

Illiteracy is widespread in The Gambia, so voters cast their ballot by dropping a marble into a tub marked with their candidate’s colour and photo — a practice dating back to the country’s past as a British colony.

Many of the roughly one million eligible voters in the nation of more than two million people are hoping for an improvement in their living standards.

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The Gambia, a sliver of land about 480 kilometres (300 miles) long surrounded by Senegal, is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Jammeh lost to Barrow in the 2016 election, but had to be removed by a military intervention from other West African states.

Barrow himself has already gone back on a promise to remain in power for only three years, and has weakened rhetoric about prosecutions for crimes committed under Jammeh.

Questions over Jammeh’s continuing role in politics, and his possible return from exile, were central themes in the run-up to the election.

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Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.