The president of Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission, Alieu Momarr Mjiar, announces presidential election results in Banjul, Gambia, December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

Gambia’s electoral chief warns Jammeh’s rejection will not change results

The Gambia’s electoral commission chief has warned President Yahya Jammeh that his bid to overturn the election result will not change the fact that he lost to property developer Adama Barrow.

Alieu Momarr Njai, the country’s electoral chief said the “election results were correct, and nothing will change that.”

Njai said if it goes to court, his commission can prove every vote cast. Ballot boxes remain sealed for thirty days in case a recount is demanded.

Mr. Jammeh said on Saturday that he would challenge his defeat in the Supreme Court, alleging that the poll was marred by irregularities.

Initially, he accepted defeat and said he would go and retire to his farm, in a village on the border with Senegal’s southern region of Casamance.

Mr. Barrow won 222,708 votes (43.34%), compared with Mr. Jammeh’s 208,487 (39.6%). A third candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 89,768 (17.1%).

The international community has demanded Jammeh to step down and allow a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

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