The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, said it lost three serving corps members in Batch ‘B’ 2016.

The Director-General of the corps, Suleiman Kazaure, disclosed this on Sunday when he visited the NYSC orientation camp in Asaba, Delta.

Mr. Kazaure, a brigadier general, said that the cause of the death had not be ascertained, but that a committee had been set up to look into it.

He enjoined serving corps members to rise up for one-minute silence in honour of the deceased.

The director-general said the scheme demanded a lot of dedication and commitment from corps members, adding that its objectives included national integration.

He urged them to contribute their quota to national development and carry out any assignment given to them diligently.

He said that as graduates, the corps members should be found worthy in character and learning and urged them to avoid shady business and sharp practices.

Earlier, Delta coordinator of NYSC, Benjamin Omotade, called for good relationship between the state government and the NYSC.

Malam Barkindo Saidu, the Executive Secretary, Borno Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (BOSACA), says 512 new cases of HIV infections have been recorded in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.

He spoke on Sunday in Maiduguri while briefing newsmen.

Saidu said that the cases were recorded after voluntary screening in some IDPs’ camps in the state.

He pointed out that two out of the 512 persons were children.

“We are currently conducting voluntary screening on HIV/AIDS in IDPs’ camps across the state to determine the status of the people, especially those rescued from the Boko Haram terrorists.

“As at last week, we have recorded 512 positive cases, among which two are children,” Saidu said.

He said that the state had witnessed rising cases of the disease due largely to the Boko Haram terrorism.

“Currently, 2.4 per cent of the population of the state are living with HIVand AIDS, which translates to 108,000 persons, going by the record of the National Population Commission.

“But only a tiny portion of these people can access treatment because most anti retroviral centres have closed,” Saidu said.

He explained that only 32 out of the 90 anti retroviral centres were still operational in the state.

“Before the Boko Haram terrorism, we had 90 treatment centres across the state, but only 32 are still functional today.

“The rest have been closed down due to the Boko Haram terrorism, ” Saidu said.

He called on the Federal Government and donor agencies to intervene in the HIV and AIDS control in the state. NAN

The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman, has said that the Mavrodi Mondial Movement investment scheme, popularly called (MMM) is Satanic, adding that anyone involved is demonic.

Speaking during a church service, the clergyman said: “Go and check the founder of MMM. He was a fraudster in America; defrauded people, and that’s what you’re involving yourself in and you are a Christian, looking for easy way out. Many Christians have gotten involved. If you are involved in MMM, I have to pray for you today. It’s not of God. Any quick fix way for money is not of God because some people are being defrauded to enrich some other people.”

“Any quick-rich scheme is wrong. In life, everything you get if is not favour from a particular individual. If it’s quick favour through a process, you will pay for it later. If it’s a person you know that walked up to you and blesses you, take it. That’s favour. But a quick business transaction that can bring a return of over 200 person, is not of God.”

МММ started in Russia. It perpetrated one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes of all time in the 1990s.

In 2015, MMM began operating in South Africa with the same business model as MMM-2011, claiming a “30% per month” return through a “social financial network”. The group was identified as a possible pyramid scheme by the National Consumer Commission and accounts of clients were later frozen by Capitec Bank in response to mounting criticism and official investigations by state authorities.

In 2016, supporters of the South African MMM scheme staged a protest march in Johannesburg, and has started up again late November 2016.

This is the moment Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh says no election, military or foreign power can remove him from office, unless Allah says so.

“Gambians know that no election, no military or no foreign power can take me out of office unless says so. So until that day, I don’t do things for election because I’m elected by Allah, and Allah’s election is better than the election of the entire world,” he declared on state television in November.

Yesterday, Gambians removed him through election.

Gambians voted on Thursday in the first serious electoral challenge to President Yahya Jammeh, who once claimed he would rule the West African nation for “a billion years”.

Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, has made headlines by claiming to have a herbal cure for AIDS that only works on Thursdays and declaring Gambia an Islamic republic.

He is known for frequently imprisoning and torturing opposition figures.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Saturday beat Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon 1-0 in the final of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Yaoundé.

Nigerians have now won their 8th Africa Women Cup of Nations trophy and remain the most successful African women’s team.

Desire Oparanozie at the 86th minute ensured a victory for the Falcons.

Coach of the Nigerian team, Florence Omagbemi, also made history by becoming the first individual to win the AWCON as a player and a coach.

Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow on Saturday vowed to work for national unity and economic growth after power was peacefully transferred in the West African nation for the first time in its history.

The real estate mogul pledged to introduce an independent judiciary, promote media freedom, establish a two-term limit for the presidency and make the civil service transparent and accountable.

He said that political prisoners would be freed and a truth and reconciliation process to “amend past injustices” launched.

“The position of president is not an ordinary one.

“I am seeking it to make a difference and give Gambia a new start so that the potential of the country and its citizens would be developed to the fullest,’’ Barrow, 51, said in a statement.

Barrow said that he would form a government that represents all seven coalition parties that supported him during his candidacy.

“The government will improve the poverty-stricken nation’s economy with a focus on agriculture, technology, energy and mining,’’ Barrow said.

Report says Gambia, one of Africa’s poorest nations, currently heavily relies on peanut exports.

Incumbent Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled the Islamic Republic of 1.9 million people for 22 years with an iron fist, conceded defeat, in an address to the nation on Friday.

The former army colonel, who took power in a coup in 1994, vowed a peaceful transfer of power in January 2017.

Barrow won 28 of 53 constituencies or 263,515 votes in Thursday’s polls, followed by Jammeh with 20 constituencies or 212,009 votes. (dpa/NAN)

US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed a Nigerian businessman, Adebayo Ogunlesi, to be on his Economic Advisory team to provide insights and opinions about jobs and economic matters.

The group, dubbed the Strategic and Policy Forum, is made up of multibillionaires and the CEO’s of fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Walmart and JP Morgan Chase.

It also includes longtime Walt Disney (DIS) boss Bob Iger and former GE leader Jack Welch.

Nigerian businessman Bayo Ogunlesi, an Oxford and Harvard graduate who is the CEO and Founder of multibillion dollar company Global Infrastructure Partners, also made the list.

Ogunlesi is the son of T.O Ogunlesi of Makun, Sagamu Ogun State, Nigeria.

He is also the only black man in the Advisory Committee whose father was the first Professor of Medicine in Nigeria.

According to Bloomberg, Mr. Ogunlesi is worth an estimated $900 million dollars.

Below is the full list from a press release issued by Blackstone:

-Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone;

-Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission;

-Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors;

-Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic;

-Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co;

-Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock;

-Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company;

-Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group;

-Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;

-Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing;

-Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners;

-Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM;

-Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System;
Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY;

-Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric;

-Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit;

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has commended Yahya Jammeh, the longtime president of The Gambia, for conceding defeat after losing to Adama Barrow.

Jammeh, who has been frequently accused over the years of suppressing his opponents, conceded defeat on television, accepting that Gambians had “decided that I should take the back seat”.

Gambians took to the streets to celebrate the biggest upset in the nation since Jammeh seized power in a 1994 coup.

Reacting to Jammeh’s concession, Mr. Jonathan in a statement on his Facebook page, said “It is my hope that his legacy of advancing the progress of The Gambia in all fronts over the years will be remembered and appreciated by all.”

Below is his full statement:

“I commend President Yahya Jammeh for conceding to Mr. Adama Barrow, who won majority votes during Gambia’s Presidential election. This is an exemplary conduct which is worthy of emulation and Africa is very proud of Mr. Jammeh. In the eyes of many, myself included, he stands taller today than at any other time during his twenty two years in office. It is my hope that his legacy of advancing the progress of The Gambia in all fronts over the years will be remembered and appreciated by all. GEJ.”

President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the President-elect of The Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow, on his victory in the country’s December 1 presidential election.

The Nigerian President also salutes the spirit of statesmanship displayed by the out-going President of The Gambia, Alhaji Yahya Jammeh, by conceding defeat, noting that such uncommon gesture is crucial in calming fears of unrest in the West African nation.

While expressing delight at the gallantry shown by President Jammeh, President Buhari enjoins President-elect Barrow to be magnanimous in victory.

The Nigerian leader also commends Gambians for peacefully exercising their democratic right to freely choose their leader and calls on all stakeholders to maintain the peace.

President Buhari said he looks forward to a smooth transition of power and working with the incoming President of The Gambia to deepen existing cordial relations between both countries.

President Buhari on Friday approved the disbursement of N522 billion to States, to enable them pay salary and pension arrears, and put money in Nigeria’s economy.

Mr Buhari in a statement on Friday evening said: “Today Nigeria and Morocco signed an Agreement aimed at making us self-sufficient in fertilizer production. We will work to implement it.”

“I have approved the disbursement of 522 billion naira to States, to enable them pay salary & pension arrears, and put money in the economy

We have stipulated that at least 50% of the funds should be dedicated to salaries &pensions, & will audit disbursements to ensure compliance

The Ministry of Finance is currently processing the first batch of 153 billion naira, which, I am told, will be released to 14 States.”

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh on Friday conceded defeat in a telephone call to his successor, Adama Barrow.

He vowed to help Mr. Barrow.

He said: “I wish you all the best. The country will be in your hands in January, and you are assured of my guidance on your transition.”

“You are the elected president of The Gambia, and I wish you all the best. I have no ill-will.”

“Convey my congratulations my congratulations to your entire team. This is transparent. This is the will of Allah and as a Muslim I accept it in good faith. The Gambian people have chosen you after 22 years. I’m grateful to the Almighty Allah for that.”

“Allah is telling me that my time is up,” he added.

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, in power for 37 years, will stand down before next year’s general election, state radio said Friday citing sources in the ruling MPLA party.

National Radio of Angola said that Defence Minister Joao Lourenco would take over as MPLA leader, in news confirmed to AFP by Joao Pinto, a senior member of the party.

“The president will not be a candidate and he already has a successor,” Pinto told AFP.

“It will be Joao Lourenco, who will be presented to members of the party on December 10 when we celebrate the party’s anniversary.”

At a meeting of the MPLA (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola) on Friday in Luanda, Dos Santos, 74, launched his party’s campaign for the election, but declined to say if he would seek a new term.

“Our goal is to win the election,” he said. “The key to success will be the discipline and the unity of all our candidates.”

He made a surprise announcement in March that he would step down in 2018, but has given no further details about any resignation plan.

Angola does not directly elect a president, but rather the leader of the winning party becomes head of state.

The UK Embassy in Nigeria has adopted a new visa application process, the British High Commission said in a statement on Friday.

The spokesperson of the commission, Joe Abuku, described the new process as a slight change in which “Visa staff now only need electronic versions of support documents.”

The new process, which takes effect from December 5 for customers applying for a UK visa in Lagos, Victoria Island and Ikeja, would bring applicants benefits from digital improvements to the UK visa application process.

“TLSContact (responsible for UK Visa Application Centres in Nigeria) will scan your supporting documents whilst you’re at the visa application centre, and then return your original documents to you,” the statement said.

“They will then send these (electronic) documents to UKVI, with your passport and application form, and visa officers will consider your application in the usual way.
In order to avoid delays in the visa application centre, the Commission requested applicants to ensure they complied with requirement to provide all documents in A4 size, while any other documents smaller or larger than A4 should be photocopied onto A4 sized paper.

While advising all customers to remove any clips or pins from documents before submitting their application, the Commission warned that any torn, crumpled or heavily creased documents, which is difficult to photocopy, should be photocopied onto A4 sized paper before submitted, as they can’t be scanned in this condition.

Press Release

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, who vowed to rule the country for “a billion years”, was handed a shock election defeat on Friday, 22 years after seizing power in a coup.

The electoral commission head declared Adama Barrow president-elect on state television, with 45.5 percent of the vote against Jammeh’s 36.7 percent.

“Having received 263, 515 votes out of the total votes cast in the election, I hereby declare Adama Barrow newly elected to serve as president of the republic of the Gambia,” Alieu Momarr Njai said.

He earlier told reporters in Banjul that Jammeh would concede, although he has yet to make a public statement.

The Electoral Commission on Friday declared Mr. Barrow President of The Gambia.

The incumbent, Mr Jammeh polled 212, 099 while Mamma Kandeh polled 102, 969.

Below is a copy of the declaration of election results by the Electoral Commission:

President Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia for 22 years, has conceded defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow, the chairman of the independent electoral commission said Friday.

“It’s really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat,” Alieu Momar Njie told reporters ahead of the release of the results of Thursday’s presidential election.

Gambian state television told AFP that the 51-year-old head of state, who seized power in a coup in 1994, would make a statement later in the day to congratulate Barrow.

Jammeh was running for a fifth term with his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), while Barrow ran for eight political groups who united for the first time to field a single candidate.


Namibia would remain a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the United States joined, Namibia’s President Hage Geingob told Reuters in London on Thursday.

Namibia said in March that it would withdraw from the ICC, which sits in The Hague and has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The court has come under criticism from African nations.

“People are saying that it only targets African leaders. That seems to be true … and that’s a problem,” said Geingob, who was elected as president of Namibia in November 2014.

Whilst parliament still needs to debate Namibia’s withdrawal, Geingob said his feeling was it would go ahead.

“But if you convince the United States to come, we will stay,” he said.

The United States is not currently a participant in the ICC as it has not signed or ratified the Rome Statute, a treaty which serves as the ICC’s governing document.

“Africa needs to develop its own processes, systems, courts and institutions,” Geingob added. “It would help us to be self sufficient. We must build lasting institutions … not something imposed from foreign countries.”

Turning to the economy, Geingob said he expects growth of 2 to 3 percent in Namibia in 2017, up from around 2.5 percent in 2016, and below the average longer term trend of 4-5 percent.

“But we need about 7 percent growth, which we are failing to do,” he said. “That’s why are encouraging people to come in to invest, to manufacture in Namibia, transfer technology, and that way we can create jobs.”

Namibia’s economy has been hit by a prolonged drought and a contraction in the mining sector, but Geingob said tourism had picked up this year with more people choosing Namibia over destinations in the Middle East due to the troubles there.

The Namibian economy is also closely linked to that of South Africa, and Geingob added they were following political developments there. An ongoing feud between President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has unnerved investors and business leaders.

“What happens in South Africa has a serious impact on the region and Namibia,” he said. “So we are looking at the situation carefully, and are sometimes worried, but the system is resilient and they will overcome that – they are a democratic country.”


Efforts by Lagos authorities to turn Nigeria’s chaotic commercial capital into a modern megacity have run into controversy after the demolition of an impoverished waterfront neighbourhood left 30,000 people homeless.

With swanky private estates and a glittering new city under construction on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean, housing for some of the 20 million people living in notoriously-dysfunctional Lagos appears to be getting better.

But as the city undergoes a dramatic metamorphosis, many are experiencing the brutal reality of rapid urbanisation.

The latest casualty was Otodo Gbame (pictured above), a poor fishing community close to the upmarket southeastern district of Lekki, which was completely razed in early November as part of a growing drive to remove shanty towns.

Between November 9 and 11, the district was set alight then bulldozed, reducing tens of thousands of homes to piles of smouldering wood and corrugated iron.

At least three people died when armed police moved in with bulldozers, setting fire to the area and chasing some residents into the nearby lagoon, locals said. They say they were given no warning.

Now homeless but with nowhere else to go, residents huddle together miserably under makeshift structures built out of rubble.

Mostly from the ethnic Egun tribe, they trace their roots to Benin but say they have been living in Lagos for over a century.

But like the vast majority of the city’s poor, they do not have title deeds to prove it.

‘We will fight this’

They accuse the state authorities of conspiring with a prominent Lagos family to seize the land and sell it to the highest bidder.

“They are not happy that we the poor are living close to them.

“Each time, they look through the windows of their mansions and see us, their anger rises,” Toshun Pascal, a pastor in the community, told AFP.

“We are going to fight this injustice with the last drop of our blood.”

Otodo Gbame used to lie between upscale neighbourhood Lekki Phase 1 and Elegushi housing estate, an exclusive area where residents drive Mercedes and Range Rover cars.

Pascal said more than 20 residents, including the community leader, had been detained for weeks “for instigating the violence.”

But Lagos authorities dismissed accusations they ordered the demolitions, claiming a fight between the Egun and their Yoruba neighbours caused the fire which burnt down the community.

They said police only arrived on the scene to restore order and ensure that “the arson did not spread.”

‘Deliberately torched’

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had in October hinted at a plan to demolish waterfront shanties in a move to rid the city of criminals, who hide there.

But Amnesty International warned that such a move would risk leaving tens of thousands of people homeless.

And after the fires, the London-based watchdog said the community was “deliberately set alight”, demanding an independent inquiry into the “forced evictions”.

“Lagos State Government is trying to evade its responsibilities to Otodo Gbame residents by denying involvement in the state’s biggest forced evictions in recent times,” Amnesty said, insisting that those responsible be prosecuted.

Lagos has a history of demolishing entire neighbourhoods.

In 1990, the authorities demolished Maroko, a shanty town in the well-heeled suburb of Victoria Island, forcing some 300,000 out of their homes.

On the site where it once stood, there now stands a popular South African shopping mall with international chains that caters to the city’s elite.

Housing for the poor?

Noah Shemede, director of a floating school in Makoko, another waterfront neighbourhood in Lagos, said residents are living in fear.

“We don’t know when the caterpillars will roll in,” Shemede told AFP. “It’s Otodo Gbame today, it can be Makoko tomorrow.”

Government plans to build 1,000 new flats would not help those left homeless, Shemede said.

“Where will a poor fisherman get 3.5 million naira ($11,000 dollars) to buy a flat?” he said, indicating that a fisherman’s monthly wage is around 15,000 naira a month — the equivalent of $47 (45 euros).

Building experts say hundreds of thousands of people are in need of shelter in the city and are urging the government to provide affordable houses for the poor.

“A housing scheme is meant to be a social contract between the government and the people,” said Adeniyi Adams, managing director of KnightStone Properties, a Lagos-based firm of estate developers.

He said the Nigerian government should provide funding for private developers to invest in lower-income housing so it isn’t just the rich who prosper in the city.

“It’s only then we can say Lagos is truly a megacity,” local conservationist Michael Kobah said.

Other world-class cities look out for all their citizens, he said.

“Lagos can’t be an exception.”


Photo credit: Viewslog

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday declined to grant the bail application filed by Nnamdi Kanu, the self acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Others standing trial with Kanu are: Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawusi.

Delivering her ruling on their bail application, Justice Nyako held that the charges against the defendants “are very serious in nature and therefore not ordinarily bailable.’’

She said, “Irrespective of what the charge is, the court has to exercise its discretion one way or the other.”

She added that the charges against the defendants could attract life imprisonment if proved by the prosecution.

The trial judge also dismissed the contention by the defendants that President Muhammadu Buhari had openly directed that they should not be released on bail.

She held that being a citizen of Nigeria the Buhari was at liberty to exercise his freedom of speech.

According to her, the President lacks the capacity to influence the decision of the court.

She said that the defendants did not place any new fact or law capable of persuading the court to reverse an earlier ruling which denied them bail.

“The offences are serious in nature and carries very severe punishment if proven.

“I hereby therefore refuse bail for the applicants.

“In the alternative, I order for an accelerated trial of this matter to commence immediately which will not be more than two months,” the Judge said.

Kanu and the three other defendants were charged for treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of illegal goods.

They were also accused of broadcasts on Radio Biafra and agitation for secession from Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Mr Suleiman Labaran, Counsel to the Federal Government, prayed the court to allow all government witnesses testify behind the screen.

Labaran also prayed the court not to reveal in any record of the court, the identities of the witnesses put forward by the federal government.

However, Counsel to Kanu, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, opposed the prayers.

He contended that granting such requests would amount to gross violation of the defendants’ rights to fair hearing.

“We vehemently oppose secret trial of the defendants.

“They were accused in the open; we also request that they be tried in the open. The defendants need to see those testifying against them eye-ball-to-eye-ball.

“We are ready for this trial,’’ Ejiofor said.

Another defence lawyer, Mr Maxwell Okpara, told the court that majority of the proposed witnesses by the federal government are foreigners imported from neighbouring countries.

“My lord, we have uncovered their plan to bring Ghanaians and people from Cameroon to appear in this court to testify against the defendants.

“We, as Nigerians will resist that plot. It cannot work; that is why they are insisting that they should testify behind screen, the plot has failed,’’ Okpara said.

The Judge fixed Dec. 13 to rule on the application of the federal government to allow its witnesses testify behind the screen. NAN

A 26-year-old First Class graduate of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, died in Kano NYSC camp, exactly a week after saying goodbye to her family members to go serve her country, Nigeria, in a compulsory 1 year service.
Ifedolapo Oladepo, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), died due to alleged negligence by NYSC authorities at the Orientation Camp in Kano,.

She was buried on Thursday in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

The 2016 Batch ‘C’ corps member was a Transport Management graduate.

She reportedly died following complications arising from an ailment few days into the NYSC orientation programme in Kano.

Her family members claim Ifedolapo could have been saved if she had been given the necessary attention by the NYSC authorities at the Orientation Camp in Kano.

Speaking to ChannelsTV, her elder sister, Oyeyode Abimbola, said: “She called me five hours to her death and told me to start coming as the NYSC doctors are not doing anything for her. They thought she was pretending in order not to go for parade, so they did not attend to her.”

“When she started calling people from home, they eventually gave her an injection (and) immediately after the injection, she called me again that she noticed a lot of rashes on her body that I should speak with the doctor who refused to talk to me.

“She called five minutes later and told me her tongue was twisting, then they sent all her friends out after seeing all the reaction on her body after giving her the unknown injection,” she said amidst tears.

The Gambia is holding its presidential election today by voting with marbles in order to curb election fraud.
Each voting booth has three metal drums representing the three presidential candidates contesting for office.

Voters enter a private area curtained off where they drop a marble into one of the three drums that are painted with the party colors and emblems, and a bell rings confirming a vote has been cast.
Officials demonstrating how votes would be counted

Sawdust or sand is sprinkled on the bottom of the barrel so that no second sound is heard.
The vice-president of the Independent Electoral Commission, Malleh Sallah, said the Gambian Public Works department came up with the marble idea six decades ago.
 “It’s unique and we are very proud of it,” he said. 
Electoral officials say the system eliminates spoilt ballots and allows uneducated Gambians to vote without any problem. Officials said this method also ensures only one vote is cast per person.

About 880,000 eligible voters are expected to vote in this election
                               Officials demonstrating how votes would be counted