2001 Gambian presidential election

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Presidential elections were held in the Gambia on 18 October 2001. The result was a victory for the incumbent Yahya Jammeh, who took just over 50% of the vote.


Pre-election violence resulted in the death of an unarmed opposition supporter who was shot by a police officer,[1] and several injuries.[2] The government also expelled a British diplomat who had attended an opposition rally.[3]


Candidate Party Votes %
Yahya Jammeh Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction 242,302 52.84
Ousainou Darboe United Democratic Party 149,448 32.59
Hamat Bah National Reconciliation Party 35,671 7.78
Sheriff Mustapha Dibba National Convention Party 17,271 3.77
Sidia Jatta People's Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism 13,841 3.02
Invalid/blank votes
Total 458,533 100
Registered voters/turnout 509,301
Source: African Elections Database


  1. ^ More election violence in Gambia BBC News, 17 October 2001
  2. ^ Violence mars Gambia campaign BBC News, 4 October 2001
  3. ^ Gambia kicks out British diplomat BBC News, 23 August 2001

Further reading[edit]

  • Saine, Abdoulaye (2003). "The presidential election in The Gambia, October 2001". Electoral Studies. 22 (2): 375–381. doi:10.1016/S0261-3794(02)00064-1.

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