The Gambia’s youth parliament rebutted President Yahya Jammeh’s claims of electoral fraud saying their observers found the polls to be free, peaceful and credible and that the results reflect the will of the people of the Gambia.
The youth parliament, which has been observing Gambian elections since 2006 said Mr. Jammeh’s refusal to step down threatens the peace and stability of the Gambia and shows his disregard for the supreme law of the land and the norms of democracy; and would neither accept the annulment of the result nor any prolongation of his rule.
“We found no incidences of malpractices and unfairness during the voting or counting of the results in all the places we observed around the country. Hence we believe the allegations made on the 9th December by the Outgoing President against the results are immaterial,” said Acting Speaker Lamin Saidykhan.
The youth leaders say Jammeh must prepare himself to step down. They urged the country’s two decades ruler to withdraw his December 9th statement and maintain his acceptance speech, and work with President-elect Adama Barrow on a transition process that the Gambian people deserve.
“We urge Outgoing President Jammeh to demonstrate leadership and commitment to the values and ideals of democracy at this critical juncture of our history and after 22 years of his rule,” SaidyKhan said.
President Yahya Jammeh’s term expires in January. Youth leaders say they will refuse to cooperate with Mr. Jammeh in anyway, and “will stand firm to ensure that the peace and stability of this country is maintained and that leaders are held to account as per our laws.”