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Gambia Elections: UDP, GDC, Faal Reject Results Ahead Of Official Announcement

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Left: GDC leader Mama Kandeh, UDP leader Lawyer Ousainu Darboe and Independent candidate Essa Mbye Faal

In a joint statement, the United Democratic Party (UDP), the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), independent candidate, Essa Mbye Faal and their partners have rejected the results of the just concluded presidential elections ahead of the official announcement of the winner by the electoral commission.

The candidates said two preliminary observations they made in the just concluded electoral process formed the basis of their decision.

The statement urged Gambians to remain calm and peacefulwhile we continue our investigations of these concerns

“On December 4th 2021, Gambians came out in large numbers to vote in the presidential elections. Twenty-four hours later no clear winner has been declared by the Independent Electoral Commission.

“The United Democratic Party and its partners, GFA and Hon. Marie Sock, GDC and Hon. Essa Mbye Faal have the following preliminary observations on the just concluded electoral process:

“1. Considering that The Gambia has an electorate approximately 900, 000 with on-the-Spot Counting system, we are concerned that there has been an inordinate delay in the announcement of results.

“2. A number of issues have been raised by our agents and representatives at the polling stations/centres and at the IEC headquarters. As a result, the representatives of the aforementioned candidates at the IEC headquarters refused to endorse some of the results that were announced through the public media.

“We are investigating this matter with our partners to determine our future course of action.

“At this point in time, we have strong reservations about the credibility and integrity of the results being announced by the IEC.

“We reserved the right to embark on any lawful course of action the situation requires. To this end, all options are on the table.

“In the meantime, we urge all Gambians to remain calm and peaceful while we continue our investigations of these concerns,” they said in a joint statement read by UDP candidate on behalf of the rest on Sunday evening.

UDP, GFA, GDC, Honourable Essa Faal and Honourable Marie Sock signed the statement.

Although the official announcement of the winner is yet to be done by the electoral commission, with 3 results pending in the Brikama Administrative Area, the incumbent Adama Barrow leads the polls.

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