On the 4th of December Gambians went to the polls for the first time since the former dictator Yahya Jammeh was beat at the polls in 2017 by Adama Barrow. The election is being closely watched as a test of the democratic transition in The Gambia, where Jammeh ruled for 22 years after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1994.
Photographs by Guy Peterson
Now in 2021, 6 parties sit on the ballot sheet bidding for Gambians marbles to drop into their barrel (a unique way the Gambians vote). Incumbent president Barrow’s party, the National Peoples Party (NPP) and the main opposition party the United Democratic Party (UDP) led by Ousainou Darboe were both expected to lead as the two largest parties.
As results came in throughout the afternoon of the 5th of December it became clear that that Adama Barrow had a clear lead and was later announced the winner of the election taking on a second term as president.