According to Gambia’s electoral commission, the result of the vote on 1 December was: Adama Barrow won 263,515 votes (45.5%) while President Jammeh pulled 212,099 (36.7%)
Only last week, President Jammeh was on state TV calling Adama Barrow to wish him well: “You are the elected president of The Gambia, and I wish you all the best. I have no ill will,” he said.
In a twist of events, Speaking on state TV, Yahya Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Jammeh, who has in president of Gambia for the last 22 years , suffered a shock defeat to Adama Barrow, who won more than 45% of the vote.
The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, with a population of fewer than two million.
After a thorough investigation, I have decided to reject the outcome of the recent election. I lament serious and unacceptable abnormalities which have reportedly transpired during the electoral process,” Jammeh said.
“I recommend fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a god-fearing and independent electoral commission,” he said.
“I recommend fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a God-fearing and independent electoral commission.”
brandishing a document supposedly proving irregularities, Mr Jammeh said the results were unacceptable. He said figures had been transposed swelling the number of votes in favour of his opponent.
Soldiers were seen placing sandbags in strategic locations across the capital Banjul on Friday, a development that triggered widespread unease among the already-spooked population, who had been panic-buying food before the vote due to fear of unrest.
Witnesses told the Reuters news agency that Banjul was quiet overnight, and that there was particular nervousness about the president’s statement that he would deal harshly with any troublemakers who took to the streets.
In a tweet on Friday evening, President elect Adama Barrow said: President Jammeh’s proposal is tarnish to our democracy. The Gambian people have made their decision.
Source: News agencies