Gambia’s EC dismisses Jammeh’s call to annul results

Gambia's elections commission head Alieu Momarr Njie

The Gambia’s elections commission head, Alieu Momarr Njie, has dismissed President Yahya Jammeh’s call to annul the election he was declared to have lost.

Mr. Alieu Momarr Njie told reporters that “if it goes to court, we can prove every vote cast”.

Mr. Jammeh said on state television on Saturday that he rejected the result and his party announced they will file a petition to the Supreme Court.

Gambians use marbles instead of ballot papers to cast votes.

Mr. Jammeh said he was preparing a petition “against the flawed decision of the Independent Elections Commission”.

But Mr. Njie said that “The election results were correct, nothing will change that”.

Mr. Jammeh, who has ruled the Gambia for 22 years, originally conceded defeat to Mr. Barrow, who used to be a security guard in chain store Argos in London.

Mr. Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction party announced, late on Saturday, that a petition would be filed to The Gambia’s Supreme Court.

President-elect Barrow said on Sunday that he feared for his safety.


BBC/Zainab Sa’id