Gambia to introduce ballot papers in 2021

Gambia’s Electoral Commissioner Alieu Momar Njai has said that the Commission would introduce ballot papers in the 2021 presidential and general elections.

According to him, this is meant to reduce the workload of the Commission, saying “every ballot drum costs thousands of dalasis (local currency) and it is obsolete”.

Mr. Njai made the announcement recently at Kanifing Municipal Council during the Independent Electoral Commission’s nationwide familiarization tour.

The process of voting in the country is done by the voter dropping a marble in a drum.

Counting is snappy as the marbles are poured into a wooden tray with 200 or 500 holes and then counted.

He said before the next elections, IEC would sensitize the nation on the use of ballot papers to avoid misunderstanding and cheating.

He said the country would have the election for councilors on 12 April and that of mayors on 12 May.