Gambians had been awaiting provisional presidential election results since Saturday, a few hours after the ruling NPP party had called on supporters to celebrate victory, they were confirmed winner as the opposition denounces fraud.
Gambian President Adama Barrow has been re-elected with around 53% vote according to the Electoral Commission, while his nearest rival, Ousainou Darboe got 28%.
Opposition cries foul
The Electoral Commission began announcing since Saturday partial results by constituency following the December 4 poll.
Unsurprisingly, President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) and former Vice President Ousainou Darboe’s United Democratic Party (UDP) were in the lead.
The latter, as well as the candidates Mammah Kandeh and Essa Mbaye Faal, reject the results.
The partial figures have been announced in a dropper since Saturday night. But the various announcements were interrupted by long pauses.
Even before the official announcement of the overall provisional results, the former vice president made a statement from his home, along with other unsuccessful candidates, to criticize the slowness of the process, the deadline for the publication of these results, more than 24 hours after the closing of the polling stations.
Mr Darboe has announced that he rejects the partial results published by the Commission at this stage.
He nevertheless called on his partisans to remain calm, the time to think about the way forward.
On Sunday, NPP, the party of the outgoing president, called on its supporters to come and celebrate the victory in the center of the capital, near the presidential palace.
A few hours later, Adama Barrow who came to power in January 2017, has been declared winner of the poll .