Gambian absorption candidates person rejected the preliminary results of Saturday’s historical ballot successful the West African federation which suggest the incumbent president, Adama Barrow, had easy won re-election.
According to authoritative results announced by the electoral commission, Barrow is starring with a important borderline of much than 200,000 votes. Barrow successful 2016 unseated the erstwhile president Yahya Jammeh, who is accused of quality rights abuses and corruption.
Saturday’s ballot is being seen arsenic a cardinal trial of stableness arsenic it was the archetypal since Jammeh was forced into exile aft refusing to concede defeat, and was the archetypal ballot successful 27 years without him connected the ballot.
Barrow’s main opponent, the United Democratic Party person Ousainou Darboe, has won 200,000 votes truthful far, compared with Barrow’s 411,000. With 3 of 53 constituencies near to beryllium announced, astir 754,000 votes person been counted truthful far. The full fig of radical who registered to ballot this twelvemonth was conscionable implicit 962,000.
Darboe and 2 different absorption candidates – Mama Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress, and the autarkic campaigner Essa Faal – told reporters connected Sunday evening they were acrophobic with the “inordinate delay” successful the announcement of last results.
They besides said their agents and representatives had raised “a fig of issues” astatine polling stations and had not endorsed immoderate results.
Darboe, who was erstwhile Barrow’s mentor, ran against Jammeh successful 3 erstwhile elections but was arrested successful 2016 and prevented from contesting. Barrow, who had not antecedently held office, stood successful Darboe’s spot and aboriginal appointed him to his cabinet, lone to signifier a breakaway enactment successful 2019.
Also that year, Barrow reneged connected a run committedness to lone service arsenic a short-term transitional person for 3 years, starring to large-scale protests.
In September, helium was criticised for forming a governmental confederation with Jammeh’s erstwhile party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction Party (APRC).
More recently, Barrow has travel nether occurrence for failing to marque nationalist the last study of a truth, reconciliation, and reparations committee investigating quality rights abuses nether Jammeh’s regime. Critics accidental that was a calculated determination to prevention him from having to instrumentality enactment connected the report’s recommendations, perchance alienating the Jammeh supporters helium was courting up of the election.
Seedy Njie, a lawman spokesperson for Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP), could not beryllium reached for comment.
Nana-Jo N’dow, the laminitis of an NGO campaigning against enforced disappearances and summary executions, whose ain begetter was disappeared nether Jammeh’s authorities successful 2013, said the confederation showed “where Barrow’s priorities lie”. She besides said his refusal to measurement down aboriginal was an denotation that helium “was not going to present connected everything helium promised”.
Jammeh himself rejected the confederation with Barrow’s enactment and alternatively threw his enactment down a conjugation led by absorption campaigner Kandeh, who came is presently successful 3rd spot according to authoritative figures. Jammeh had spoken by telephone astatine immoderate of Kandeh’s rallies, dialling successful from exile successful Equatorial Guinea.
Gambians voted by dropping marbles into coloured drums. Counting began soon aft polls closed astatine 5pm GMT connected Saturday.
Other candidates included Halifa Sallah of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism, who is presently successful 4th place, according to authoritative numbers, and Abdoulie Jammeh, the erstwhile director-general of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, successful sixth place. Kandeh and Faal are successful 3rd and 5th place, respectively.