Sunday, August 9, 2020

Will The Vote Be Extended To Diaspora Gambians?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

It should be recognised that the right to vote under the Constitution and the Elections Act is not restricted to Gambians resident in the Gambia.

Section 39 subsection (1) of the Constitution reads:

“(1)  Every citizen of The Gambia being of eighteen years or older and of sound mind shall have the right to vote for the purpose of elections of a President and members of the National Assembly, and shall be entitled to be registered as a voter in a National Assembly constituency for that purpose.”

Section 141 of the Elections Act reads:

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“The Commission may make rules for Gambians in any foreign country to vote in a Presidential election.”

Hence any constitutional and electoral reform could only strengthen and broaden a right already acquired by law.

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