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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 Poll and Count

The Gambia follows an unusual voting method, using marbles – called ballot tokens – which are inserted by the voter into a hole in a spout attached to the ballot drum of their choice. The five ballot drums for this election were painted in the colours of the five political parties and photos of presidential candidates along with the name of the party were pasted on the drums. A bell attached to the bottom of the spout rings when the voter inserts the token into the hole.

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