Gambia election Yahya Jammeh shuts down internet, int’l calls

Officials have also banned demonstrations to prevent unrest after the elections.

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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.

Social media users – Gambians in and out og the country went to bed Wednesday with the disappointing news without any genuine reason advance ahead of voting in today’s election.

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Gambians go to the polls today, December 1 with incumbent President Yahya Jammeh who is widely believed to be going to loose is facing perhaps the biggest political challenge during his 22 years in power.

According to report by BBC, tnhe Gambia, a tiny country with a population of less than two million, is surrounded on three sides by Senegal and has a short Atlantic coastline, which is popular with European tourists.

The results of the election are not expected to be announced immediately.

Ahead of the vote, rights groups expressed concern over a possible flare-up of violence.

However, campaigning passed off almost smoothly without a major incident.

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At his rallies, Mr Jammeh touted his "development record", claiming he took The Gambia "from stone-age to a modern country" and he should win.

"Ninety-eight per cent of students in universities are on scholarships," he told the BBC.

"You can't walk 25km [15 miles] without reaching a major health centre," he said.

Yahya Jammeh is been challenged by Adama Barow who is leading a revitalized and united opposition coalition and Mama Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress who was a former National Assembly member of the ruling Jammeh APRC party.

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