For the purpose of these guidelines, observation means the verification of the various stages of the electoral process by International Organisations, NGOs, Foreign Governments, Foreign and Local Personalities duly recognised for that purpose.

Objective of Observation

To ascertain the fairness and freeness of the elections and render credibility to the eventual results of the election to both the National and International Community.

Scope of the Observation
An accredited person or group shall endeavour to look at various aspects of the election processes and come out with a fair judgement.  The scope may cover the following:

  • a) Observing and verifying the impartiality and legality of decisions taken by the Electoral Commission and its officers.
  • b)  Ascertaining people’s awareness of the election processes.
    i.  By studying people’s participation in the campaign programmes.
    ii. By studying the ease of advocacy with which those access the public.
  • c) Observing and verifying the voting process as provided by the law i.e.
    i.   Opening of polls
    ii.  Voting materials – quantities, timeliness
    iii.  Procedures
    iv.   Conduciveness of polling atmosphere
    v).   Efficiency of the polling staff
    vi.   Casting of votes
    vii.  Counting of votes
    viii. Transmission and declaration of results

Obligation of Observers
Observers shall be obliged:

  • a) To respect and abide by the constitution and the laws of The Gambia;
  • b) To exercise their role with impartiality, independence and objectivity;
  • c)  Not to allow their personal opinions, likes or dislikes to influence their work;
  • d)  Not to directly or indirectly propagate or identify themselves with any candidate;
  • e)  Not to display or wear any partisan symbols, colours or banners;