Supporters of the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) party based in the United Kingdom are bracing up for the 2016 Presidential Election in The Gambia.
Earlier on Sunday September 18, the second successful meeting of the APRC UK Chapter, which exceeded all expectations with its fantastic turnout, was held in UK, where members from across the UK from as far Afield and Reading, Birmingham, Leeds and Shrewsbury came together for the united purpose of supporting and promoting the APRC party.
According to Foday Chorr, the Secretary General of the APRC Chapter in the United Kingdom, the meeting opened at 15:15 and concluded at around 18:00. Members engaged in a very lively and positive discussion about the APRC party and the forthcoming election.
“We were also privileged to receive telephone contributions from The Gambia and the United States of America with well wishes and congratulatory messages from members in the Diaspora. Minutes of the last meeting were read and agreed by all that had been present and further adopted,” said Chorr.
The Gambia is gearing up for the 2016 Presidential Election to be held on December 1, on the theme: “The Gambia Decides; I am voting are you?”
As part of this year’s Election activities, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) held a supplementary registration of electors (voters), which was done and a total number of registered voters during the supplementary registration stood at 89, 649, and the number of voters as at now stands at 886, 578 as opposed to 796, 929 in year 2011. The number of polling stations has also increased to 1422 as opposed to 1300 in the last election.
During a recent press briefing at the IEC Headquarters in Mile 7, the Chairman of the Commission Momour Alieu Njai disclosed that lost mutilated and defaced cards can be replaced with a fee of D100 until the 29th of September, 2016. He also stated that the number of constituencies have been increased to 53 as a result of the re-demarcation of constituencies.
He said a fresh registration was not conducted in the affected areas but the commission will resort to putting constituency stickers on the voting cards of the affected voters to bring that situation in consonance with law on Election Day.
by Musa Ndow