(JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) has filed a petition with the ‘vacant’ Supreme Court of the Gambia asking it to void the recent presidential election result.
The December 1st presidential election results were called in favour of Adama Barrow of the opposition coalition by the electoral commission.
Mr Jammeh had initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as rigged proof. He changed his mind a week later and declared the results null and void citing huge and unacceptable mistakes by the electoral commission.
A later media statement issued by his party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) said he was challenging the results at the Supreme Court of the Gambia.
In the petition, the APRC argued that the electoral commission under the leadership of Alieu Moamar Njai had violated the electoral laws of the Gambia, thus making the election void.
It called on the court to nullify Mr Barrow’s election and call for fresh elections.
The Gambia’s supreme court is not currently constituted following the unexplained dismissal of two justices by Mr Jammeh in May 2015. The court has not been able to hold any sitting since then due to the absence of a panel.
The Gambia Bar Association yesterday argued that it will be against the principles of natural justice for Mr Jammeh to appoint supreme court judges to hear a petition file by him or on his behalf.
“That would be tantamount to one being a judge in ones own course considering that the outgoing president has already preempted the outcome of the court process by declaring the outcome of election results as a nullity,” said Sherif Tambedou interim chairman of the association.
It argued that there is no legitimate legal mechanism available in the Gambia to hear and determine the election petition filed by Mr Jammeh or on his behalf.