The Gambia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Samsudeen Sarr is daring a UN Security Council decision and supporting President Yahya Jammeh’s decision to challenge the results of the elections that saw an end to his 22-year rule.
Sarr, a former colonel in the Gambian army said he is “totally in support of President Jammeh’s final decision to toss the results away” a day after the UN Security Council made a unanimous decision that President Yahya Jammeh must step down and peaceful transfer power to President-elect Adama Barrow.
The former military commander accused the electoral commission of incompetence saying the confusion created by the IEC in declaring two results with the original margin of victory by Mr. Adama Barrow over President Jammeh being over 35, 000 votes, and a later revised result drastically narrowing down the winner’s lead by an insignificant 19000 votes out of over 800,000 registered voters raised the red flag over the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) counting competence.
“Factoring the troubling incidents leading to such a publicized national election and the overzealous efforts of those in the diaspora to effect regime change in the country by hook or crook, I think the IEC’s mistakes in the counting of the votes was at best too hasty and at worst gross incompetence,” he said.
Mr. Sarr threatened to shoot peaceful protesters in May accusing the diaspora of conspiring with opposition activists to overthrow the government of President Yahya Jammeh. Sarr in September received a special award from Mr. Jammeh for his loyalty.