(JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has asked the country’s supreme court to declare him winner of the December 1st presidential elections.
Mr Jammeh said he had pulled more votes in the election than his opposition rival and should therefore be declared the duly elected president of the Gambia instead of Adama Barrow.
Mr Barrow was declared winner of the election by the country’s electoral commission after he secured 227, 708 votes representing 43 per cent of the general votes while Mr Jammeh secured 208, 487 votes representing 40 per cent of the votes.
Mr Jammeh, 51, who has ruled the Gambia since July 1994 had initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as “the most transparent election in the whole world,” adding that he would not contest the result.
Speaking at the time, he said: “I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Adama for his victory. It’s a clear victory. I wish him all the best and I wish all Gambians the best. As a true Muslim who believes in the Almighty Allah I will never question Allah’s decision. You Gambians have decided.”
But a week later, he annulled the results and called for fresh elections to be held. He later file a lawsuit in the supreme court, which is currently vacant to challenge the results.
According to judicial records, Mr Jammeh who is being represented by the Attorney General of and minister of Justice, Mama Fatima Singhateh and Edward Mendy, a former attorney general and minister of Justice, said the December 1st election was not conducted fairly and in good faith and is therefore invalid.
He added that the electoral commission had failed to follow the rules stipulated in the election law on election day in some parts of the country including Lower Fulladu West constituency, which seriously affected the credibility of the results of the election and thereby rendering the results invalid.
Mr Jammeh also accused the electoral commission of failing to properly collate the results of the election. He said the commission has admitted mistakes and has declared two different results on December 2nd and 5th.
He added that his part was not represented and did not signed the revised election results that were announced by the commission.
Mr Jammeh also accused IEC presiding officers in the Upper River Region (URR) of intimidating 25,000 of his supporters who had queue at polling station to vote for him. He said his the election officials refused his supporters the right to vote.
The case will be heard on January 1oth 2017.