As Gambians go to the polls today, the authorities have shut down the internet and have banned overseas telephone calls.

The BBC’s Umaru Fofana in the capital, Banjul, says post-election demonstrations have also been banned.

The reporter adds that this is the most tighly contested presidential election since President Yahya Jammeh came to power 22 years ago.
The president’s main opponent is estate agent Adama Barrow, who has the backing of most opposition parties.