Gambia will reform its electoral laws before the 2016 general election, a Gambia Independent Electoral Commission official (IEC) told Xinhua on Monday.


“We have proposed the new electoral reforms to the National Assembly and we assured the lawmakers that we are ready and willing to conduct the much-awaited boundary demarcation, hold presidential and local government elections on the same day and substitute marbles with ballots papers before 2016 general election,” said the official, who did not wish to be named.
“There will be demarcations to some constituencies which will help a lot to enable more representation and also proper representation with fair elections”, said he.
Among the new reform laws, both presidential and parliamentary elections will be held together in the same day as it was before the July 22 military takeover in 1994, according to the official.
“Equally important is his proposal to move from marble voting to ballot papers because that is what is happening in other countries and I don’t see a reason the National Assembly should hesitate to help the IEC accomplish these reform objectives,” he said. Enditem


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