Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission declared incumbent President Adama Barrow the winner of the presidential election late Sunday evening with 53 percent of the vote. Earlier Sunday afternoon, three Gambia presidential candidates rejected the election results after all but three constituency results were called.
“At this point in time, we reject the results thus far announced by the Independent Electoral Commision,” read United Democratic Party (UDP) chair and candidate Ousainou Darboe.
“We reserve the right to embark on any lawful course of action the situation requires. To this end all options are on the table,” he read.
Darboe read the statement from his compound in the Pipeline neighborhood of Karaba Avenue, which was agreed upon by independent candidate Essa Faal and Gambia Democratic Congress candidate Mama Kandeh, who were present.
They cited an inordinate delay in transmitting the result, that political party agents at polling centers and the Independent Electoral Commission had issue with some of the counts and refused to endorse the results.
“In the meantime, we urge all Gambians to reamin calm and peaceful while we continue our investigations of these concerns,” he concluded.
Outside the compound, UDP supporters gathered, at one point chanting ‘Sachembo’, meaning ‘thieves’ in Wollof.
As of 6pm on Sunday, the final three constituencies had not been announced.