Gambia’s Presidential elections has been officially scheduled for December 1, 2016, according to the country’s Independent Electoral Commission Chairman Mustapha Carrayol. Mr. Carroyol, told journalists in Banjul that all logistics have been put in place to conduct the upcoming polls. “The Presidential elections will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016. We are set to conduct the elections come December 1, 2016,” Carroyal said.

The announcement followed calls made by Gambians both at home and abroad for dictator Yahya Jammeh not to vey for a fifth term in office. Jammeh has been in power for over twenty one years. He is still determined to pursue public office come 2016 despite his leadership inadequacies and deficiencies. 

The main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) is being headed by Gambian lawyer Ousainou Darboe.  Mr. Darboe still harbors Presidential ambition. He is likely to serve as the UDP flag bearer if not disqualified by the age limit associated with the Presidency.  Mr. Darboe is over 65 years of age.

According to the IEC Chariman, the National Assembly elections would be held on Thursday April 6, 2017, while the local government elections on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Jammeh seized power through a coup on Friday, July 22nd, 1994.  Jammeh often brags that Friday is his day.  He executes the majority of his political decisions or evil crimes on Thursdays—the eve of Friday.

Going by the aforementioned election dates as announced by Carroyol of the IEC, it is evident that the Election Chairman was summoned to take note from Jammeh at the State House. Jammeh determines election dates and not Carroyal as falsely implied by him, when he met the press.

The original date for the Presidential elections was scheduled for November. Jammeh has once again extended the date to December, 1, 2016.

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