The Gambia’s electoral chief, Alieu Momar Njai said the fact that they someone was going to burn the electoral commission’s office makes him worried but wants to know who was going to be the arsonist.
“The fact that they said someone was going to burn the place makes me worried of course… The place was going to be burnt but by who,” Njai asked.
IEC chairman was denied entrance into his office weeks ago by security forces who did not explain why but Gambian authorities now say they occupied the building because they had intel that the building was going to be burnt down, though they won’t say by whom.
“The reason for the temporary closure of the commission head office was because of an imminent security threat, namely that the building was going to be burnt down. Now that the threat has abated, the IEC head office will reopen,” the Gambia’s government said in a statement.
Gambia plunged into a crisis after President Yahya Jammeh declared he is annulling the December 1 election results because of “irregularities” and ordered fresh elections.
Ruling APRC party has filed a petition at the country’s Supreme Court seeking to annul the results but IEC can’t receive the petition which is a requirement before the court can proceed with the case since they could not have access to their office.