The current marble ballot system was introduced by the former British colonial administration

The Independent Electoral Commission chairman, Alhaji Momar Njie, has disclosed to law makers about the Commission’s proposed changes to the current electoral and voting system.

Mr. Njie told a delegation of the National Assembly Select Committee on Local Government, Lands, IEC and Ombudsman on Monday, May 13, that the current electoral and voting system needs change and overhaul to ensure transparent, free and fair elections.

He said that his commission had plans to reform the Gambia’s old election system and hope it won’t be business as usual for the next general elections.

Among the proposed changes the IEC is seeking to conduct the presidential and parliamentary elections and mayoral, chairperson and councillors all at the same date for the next general elections.

He said in other to do that the country has to move away from the current ballot drums system of voting to ballot paper system of voting.

 “The election laws must be change or amended before we go for the next elections” Mr. Njie said.

He said the IEC needs resources and funds to be able to oversee these proposed changes to the electoral system.

Mr Njie said that his commission will be engaging Gambians at home and abroad on the proposed electoral changes.

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