A referendum on becoming a republic was held in
the Gambia on 24 November 1965. If the referendum had passed, the post of  president would have replaced Elizabeth II as head of state, and thus eliminated the post of Governor-General.
1965 Gambian republic referendum
Invalid or blank votes
There were 154,626 registered voters for the referendum, with 93,484 valid votes cast. 65.85% of voters voted for the proposal, but failed to reach the two-thirds support required for the proposal to be accepted.
second referendum was held in 1970, which resulted in a successful "yes" vote. Prime Minister Dawda Jawara was elected president by the parliament, replacing Elizabeth II (represented by Farimang Mamadi Singateh) as head of state on 24 April 1970.