President Yahya Jammeh said he would be challenging the election results at the Gambia’s Supreme Court, a day after declaring that the elections were nullified.
Jammeh had last week conceded defeat before taking a sudden u-turn to reject the December 1 presidential election results.
His rejection has been met with strong condemnation from the international community. The UN Security Council unanimously declared Jammeh must step down and “respect the choice of the sovereign people of The Gambia.”
The Gambia’s constitution says that any registered political party which has participated in the election of a president or an independent candidate who has participated in such an election may apply to the Supreme Court to determine the validity of the election of a President by filing a petition within ten days of the declaration of the result of the election.
Jammeh is expected to file on Monday, twelve days after Mr. Barrow was declared the winner of the election.
Deployment of military officers loyal to President Jammeh has been reported. But President-elect Barrow said the military has recognized him as the elected president of the West African nation.
The Gambia’s military, intelligence and police chiefs have pledged their allegiance and support to Mr. Barrow, leaving the country’s army divided.
Barrow said Saturday he is the legitimate President of The Gambia, urged President Jammeh to allow a peaceful transition and smooth transfer of power “in the best interest of the nation,” and declared there will be no fresh elections.