Gambia’s police, army did not provide security for the opposition

Gambia’s police, army did not provide security for the opposition

Gambian opposition parties challenging incumbent President Yahya Jammeh said they were not given security by police or the military forcing them to use their own men as security guards.

President Yahya Jammeh has called on members of the security forces to be neutral, but there has been cited reporting of vehicles from the riot police and the armed forces on highways with pictures of the Gambian leader.

The Gambia’s military chief said members of the armed forces are neutral and not supporting any presidential hopeful. Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie said the security forces are only out to main peace and order.

He has warned against any post-electoral violence.

The Gambia’s military has strongly backed President Yahya Jammeh is all past polls. Officers were seen in t-shirts supporting Jammeh at the electoral house in early November when he went to formalize his candidature.

Jammeh has vowed not to step down upon losing the polls saying “no election, no military or foreign power” can remove him from power.

The opposition said they have been campaigning without restrictions and no incidences were reported during the two weeks official campaign period.

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