Organisation : Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
Facility Name : How to Register a Political Party?
Country : Gambia
Website : https://iec.gm/political-parties/
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IEC Gambia Political Parties
There are currently Eighteen registered political parties in The Gambia. To become a registered political party, organisations must fulfill the guidelines established under section 105 of the Elections Act and complete an Application form.
Related / Similar Facility : IEC Gambia Voter Registration
How to Register a Political Party in Gambia?
Guidelines For Organisations Seeking Registration As Political Parties Under Section 105 Of The Elections Act
** The application for registration is to be made on the prescribed Application Form obtainable from the Office of the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission on Bertil Harding Highway, Kanifing Layout, Kanifing Municipality.
** The application must be accompanied by a declaration signed by not less than Ten thousand registered voters, at least 1000 voters from each of the 7 Administrative Areas, in the forms provided by the Commission.
** The prescribed registration fee of One million Dalasi (D1,000000.00) should be paid at the time of submitting the application.
** The Constitution of the party must be enclosed with the application.
** The principal objective of the party should be to participate in the elections and its internal organization should conform to democratic principles.
** The party should have a national character and should not be formed on any sectional, religious, ethnic or regional basis.
** The aims and objectives of the party should not be inconsistent with the Constitution and other laws of the country.
** The name, emblem, colour, motto or symbol of the party should have no ethnic, religious or regional connotation.
** Copy of the IEC’s Code on Election Campaign Ethics is provided with the Application Form.
** All the political party executives are resident in The Gambia;
** The political party has a secretariat in each administrative region of The Gambia.
** A written undertaken that the political party shall submit it’s yearly audited accounts to the commission; and
** The constitution of the political party requires it to hold a biennial congress.
Download Form Here : https://iec.gm/download/party-registration-form-2/
FAQs On IEC
Frequently Asked Question FAQs On Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Voting, Political Parties.
Can I vote with a photocopy of my voters card?
No you cannot vote with the photocopy of your voters card.
What is the required age to vote?
You must be 18 years old in order to be able to vote
Where should I vote?
You vote where you registered.
Is the use of state-controlled facilities for meetings, rallies and other campaign activities allocated equally among electoral contestants?
Public places were accessible to all in a nondiscriminatory fashion.
Are there direct or indirect restrictions on the ability of women candidates and their supporters to campaign?
Female candidates participated in the electoral process on an equal basis with men.
Do the regulations in place favor one type of candidate (i.e independent or partisan) over the others?
The regulations regarding candidacy were the same for all actors.
Does the timing allow sufficient opportunity for candidates registration and campaigning?
The election schedule provided adequate time for the registration of candidates and campaigning as well.
Does the law require a campaign silence period?
The day before election is referred as cooling day.
How do I start my own political party?
To be able to participate in an election, a political party must be registered with the IEC.
Can the disabled vote?
Yes they can