Gambia Blocks Internet And International Phone Calls Ahead Of Presidential Election

Jammeh ain't feelin' it!

I wonder if all our politicians and leaders went to the same school of Human Rights Deprivation? Where every other part of the world uses the media to spread their propaganda, ours try to quash communication. It appears the Gambia has banned the internet and international phone calls as presidential elections are held in the West African state.

Officials have also banned demonstrations to prevent unrest after the elections. I don’t even understand how that would work. It sounds like a good idea on the surface but is simply a violation of people’s rights to voice dissatisfaction. But then again, this is Africa. My bad.

 All of these shenangians is based on the fact that the Gambian elections are upcoming. Estate agent Adama Barrow is challenging President Yahya Jammeh, who says divine intervention will give him a fifth term.

The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence fifty-one years ago. Indeed, power has only changed hands twice since emancipation from the UK.

President Yahya Jammeh is preparing for his FIFTH term and say he will rule a million years if Allah wills it. And who could disagree with Allah, right?

Mr Barrow, on the other hand, says he wants to bring the country back from the brink and restore human rights and true democracy.

Gambia’s Unique Voting Process

Everyday is a school day, and with the Gambian elections coming up, here’s a fun fact: instead of using ballot papers, voters put a marble into a coloured drum for their candidate. The system is aimed at tackling illiteracy and preventing rigging. In the 2011 election, only two votes were declared invalid after people placed their marbles on top of drums.


According to Mr Jammeh, “Our election system is fraud-proof, rig-proof, you cannot rig our elections,” he said.

“There is no reason that anybody should demonstrate. [Demonstrations] are the loopholes that are used to destabilise African governments.”

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