The Gambia Democratic Congress has said it has learnt with dismay the decision by President Yahya Jammeh to annul the 2016 election results and urged the outgoing president to rescind his decision.
GDC Spokesperson Essa Jallow said the move by the country’s two decades ruler contravenes the constitution of the Gambia and the will of the people.
Both Mr. Jammeh and GDC presidential hopeful Mama Kandeh conceded defeat last week and phoned Mr. Adama Barrow of the coalition to congratulate him on his victory.
GDC said it has accepted the outcome of the elections and that its position remains unchanged, calling the polls free, fair and transparent. The party will not be contesting the results and called for a peaceful transition and smooth transfer of power “in the interest of peace and stability.”
President Yahya Jammeh’s swift decision last week to concede defeat was lauded by the world leaders and the international community.
The country’s President-elect Adama Barrow said there will be no fresh elections and vowed to assert his full authority and take over power when Mr. Jammeh’s term ends in January.
Gambians are expected to return to the polls next year to vote in local government and parliamentary polls.