Before voting, the following conditions need to be met:
- be in possession of a Gambian voter’s card
- present oneself at the right polling station
- must have one’s name on the Register
- must not be serving prison term
- must not be of unsound mind
- must not be in a state of inebriation.
A team of four persons in hierarchical order man each polling station: Presiding Officer, Assistant Presiding Officer, Polling Officer and Assistant Polling Officer.
Polls open at 8.00 am and close at 5.00pm, however, if there are voters in the queue at 5.00pm, they will be allowed to cast their ballot.
The procedure for voting is based on the provisions as of the Elections Act.
The voting process occurs in this order:
- Voter enters polling station
- Voter shows his/her voting card to the polling assistant.
- Polling assistant directs voter to the right queue.
- Voter reports to the Assistant Presiding Officer (APO), who checks the voter’s card against the Register of Voters.
- APO checks that the voting card is genuine and the identity of the voter correlates that in card..
- Once satisfied, the APO draws a line through the serial number on the Alphabetical register of voters
(N.B. If the voter is under any query as to his/her identity, the voter is referred to the Presiding Officer)
- Voter then reports to the Polling Officer
- The Polling Officer dips the voter’s left forefinger into indelible ink to ensure that they have been identified as eligible to vote.
- Voter proceeds to the Presiding Officer, who checks the voter’s finger and then hands him/her a marble/token.
- Voter enters the voting compartment and drops the marble/token in his/her chosen ballot drum.
- The Presiding Officer listens to the sound of the token/marble hitting the drum.
- The voter then leaves the voting compartment.