As pressure mounts on President Jammeh to step down, the man at the center of the debate, Alieu Momar Njai, the Gambia’s electoral commission chief has rejected Jammeh claims that the elections were rigged.
Naji said the “election results are correct” after a readjustment of the votes counted in the election was made on Monday, reducing numbers of ballots for all three candidates but ultimately confirming real estate developer, Adama Barrow’s victory.
Jammeh, who lost coalition leader Adama Barrow, said he will challenge the result at the Supreme Court citing irregularities. Jammeh accused the electoral commission of being influenced by the international community.
“The election results were correct, nothing will change that. If it goes to court, we can prove every vote cast. The results are there for everyone to see,” Alieu Momar Njai
Initially, Jammeh accepted defeat and said he would retire as a farmer at his home village, Kanilai, some six miles from Senegal’s southern border with The Gambia.
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%).
GDC’s Mama Kandeh said he recognizes Mr. Barrow as President-elect and will not be challenging the results. He has urged Jammeh to respect the results and uphold the will of the people.
Jammeh had last week called the elections transparent and calls the country’s electoral system rigged- and fraud-proof.