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The Gambia Presidential Election, 18 October 2001

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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The Electoral Framework and Preparations for the Election

The Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia provides that every citizen of The Gambia who is 18 years or over and of sound mind may vote. The vote is by secret ballot. The Constitution provides for the setting up of an Independent Electoral Commission and the procedures for appointments of members of the Commission (Article 42).

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