Panafrican News Agency

Gambian leader Barrow wins December 4 election, opposition cries foul

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has won the 4 December presidential election to serve a second five-year term in office, the Gambia Electoral Commission (GEC) announced here Monday.

However, United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Ousainu Darbo, Mamma Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), and independent candidate Essa Faal have rejected the results.

In the presidential race, President Barrow received 457,519 of the total votes cast, beating opposition leader and former vice president Darboe who got 238,253 votes, the GEC said.

Kandeh came third with 105,902 votes, while Halifa Sallah of the People's Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) scored 32,435 of the total votes cast to occupy the fourth position.

Faal came fifth with 17,206 votes while Abdoulie Ebrima Jammeh of National Unity Party (NUP) took the last position with 8,252 of the total votes cast.

UDP leader Darbo, Kandeh and independent candidate Essa Faal  rejected  the results on Sunday, saying they would investigate  the results with their polling agents.

The announcement was greeted with chanting and dancing by a crowd of supporters of Barrow but the opposition has called the election “flawed”

“Overwhelming evidence available makes it impossible for us to accept this spurious and hurried conclusion,” said a member of parliament for the United Democratic Party," who declined to give his name.

“We intend to take decisive and concrete steps, with the presidential results, to overturn this brazen and shameless attack on our democracy,” he said.

-0-PANA MSS/RA  6Dec2021