The peaceful re-election of Gambian President Adama Barrow has further strengthened democracy in the West African country, European Union observers said on Monday.
However, they called for more reforms in the country of about 2 million people, which ranks among the 20 poorest states in the world, according to the United Nations Development Program. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) is providing substantial support, including food donations to needy Gambian families.
“EU [observation mission] observers have positively noted the transparency of the voting and counting process on election day, “EU lawmaker Norbert Neuser said in a statement.
But observers criticized shortcomings ahead of the election, including disinformation on social media.
Other international observers have referred to a peaceful and transparent process in Saturday’s elections, including the use of balls in the ballot box.
The vote was seen as a litmus test for The Gambia’s nascent democracy. It was the first without Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the country with an iron fist for many years.
Jammeh was ousted in 2016 by a coalition led by Barrow and sent into exile in Equatorial Guinea.