Gambia’s parliamentary election: Low turnout reported

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Polls in the Gambia parliamentary elections closed at 17:00 GMT.

Reports indicate that turnout was low.

Divisions in the governing coalition could have led to low interest in the election, local independent journalist Omar Wally told the BBC’s Focus on Africa radio from the capital, Banjul.

He says that those who have chosen to vote to see it as part of continuing the process of erasing exiled former President Yahya Jammeh’s influence. 

About 238 candidates including 18 women are contesting for 23 seats. 

The results are expected to be announced from midnight local time

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