Ecowas avoids Gambia vote, says it may not be free

ABUJA - The West African regional group ECOWAS has accused Gambia's government of intimidating opposition groups and warned that the run-up to the country's November 24 election has not been "conducive" to a free and fair vote.
As a result, ECOWAS will not send an election observer mission to the country, the group said in a statement that was sent to journalists on Wednesday.
The statement was a rare expression of pre-election criticism by the regional body ahead of the Gambian vote that President Yahya Jammeh is widely expected to win.
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