Gambia re-elects Barrow as president


Barrow re-elected

By Valentine Amanze

The Gambia’s election authorities have declared Adama Barrow winner of the country’s presidential election held at the weekend.
Barroe, the incumbent president, defeated his nearest rival, Ousainou Darboe, with 53 percent of the vote cast. Darboe scored only 28 percent in the first vote for decades held without long-term leader Yahya Jammeh.

Darboe and other candidates earlier said they could not accept the results of the poll.

Recall that Barrow defeated Yahya Jammeh in the last election,, and was forced into exile after refusing to accept the result.
As results came in on Sunday, representatives from all opposition parties signed off on nearly all the tally sheets read to the election commission.

But later in the day, Darboe and two other candidates, Mama Kandeh and Essa Mbye Faal, said they would not accept the results because the results took longer than expected and because of problems at polling stations.

They did not provide specifics or evidence of wrongdoing.
“We are concerned that there had been an inordinate delay in the announcement of results,” their statement said. “A number of issues have been raised by our party agents and representatives at the polling stations.”

The statement did not say what they would do now, only stating that “all actions are on the table,” according to BBC report.


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