At least five supporters of the former ruling PPP party, that is just emerging from the shadows to win three seats in parliament have been arrested for setting up a border checkpoint, the police say.
Cherno Ceesay, Saloum Jammeh, Amulai Janneh Mbaye, Ogo Ceesay and Kebba Manneh erected the checkpoint on elections day “to prevent non-citizens from entering the country” to vote illegally.
They were arrested in Panchang Village, where the police also arrested a father and a son, Muhammed and Ebou Ceesay who clashed with security officers at a polling station.
“As he was approached by a police officer to join the queue, he was reluctant as a result they had a push and pull and Muhammed Ceesay assaulted the officer causing injuries on him,” said police spokesperson, Foday Conta.
The PPP had ruled the Gambia since it gained independence from Great Britain. It was ousted in a coup by the military-backed strongman, Yahya Jammeh, who then ruled the nation with an iron fist.
Jammeh was defeated in an election by a coalition that the PPP was part of. He fled to exile after regional troops were deployed to flush him out of power.
PPP Leader, Omar Jallow is now the country’s Agriculture Minister, a position he held before the coup that deposed his party. He has accused Foreign Minister and UDP leader, Ousainou Darboe of dividing the unity government, an exposé Darboe denied.
Darboe’s UDP party swept the parliamentary polls and won an absolute majority on Friday, giving it the needed power to pass bills with little support from the minority parties.