Banjul, Gambia - The Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is calling for all national elections to be held simultaneously to save time and money.
In an interview with the state-owned Gambia Radio and Television Station on Thursday, the IEC Chairperson, Alhaji Mustapha L. Carayol, said it would be more cost effective if the three elections were synchronised and held at the same time.
Mr Carayol’s call comes at a time when international donor agencies are becoming reluctant to help finance The Gambia’s national elections.
In The Gambia, presidential and national assembly elections are held every five years and local government elections come on every four years.
The cost of voter registration exercise is D65,297,506 (over US$1,978,712), Mr Carayol said. The 2011-2013 elections cycle was entirely financed by the Government of The Gambia.
The IEC chairperson said the commission was bracing itself for the forthcoming 14-16 March, 2013 nomination for the local government elections which was slated for 4 April.
The campaign period for the election to choose Mayors and Ward Councilors is scheduled for 20 March to 2 April 2013.