Gambia election chief dismisses dictator's call to annul poll

BANJUL - The Gambia's elections commission head has dismissed President Yahya Jammeh's call to annul the election he was declared to have lost.

Mr Jammeh said on state television on Saturday that he rejected the result and his party announced they will file a petition to the Supreme Court.

Elections head Alieu Momarr Njai told Reuters that "if it goes to court, we can prove every vote cast".

Gambians use marbles instead of ballot papers to cast votes.

In his TV appearance, Mr Jammeh announced his "total rejection of the election result... thereby annulling the election".

He said "we will go back to the polls because I want to make sure every Gambian has voted".

Comments (8)

He is a joker this clown. I wonder if his U-turn was after calls with Zimbabwe and Uganda

Galore - 12 December 2016

gambians used marbles instead of ballot papers??!

SaManyika Chaiye - 12 December 2016

A real joke he wakes up one day and accepts defeat and then the next he is calling the elections null and void

Africa get rid of these Dictators - 12 December 2016

THE PEOPLE OF GAMBIA MUST STAND UP AND BE COUNTED IN DEFENSE OF RULE OF LAW. THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE FAILED TO DO SO IN MARCH 2008 AND PAID DEARLY FOR THEIR FOLLY DURING THE RUN-OFF

Patrick Guramatunhu - 13 December 2016

GAMBIA'S PRESIDENT ELECT MUST NOW SHOW THAT HE HAS GUTS AND STAND UP TO GAMMEH AND NOT DO WHAT TSVANGIRAI DID IN MARCH 2008.

Patrick Guramatunhu - 13 December 2016

So he wants to make sure every Gambian has voted! How is that grounds for annulling an election? Is he claiming people who wanted to vote were turned away? What an idiotic thing to say. Surely you cannot endorse a result and publicly conceded defeat and then wake up one day to dispute the same result. Taking a whole country for fools is what this lunatic is trying to do.

Annoyed - 13 December 2016

So he wants to make sure every Gambian has voted! How is that grounds for annulling an election? Is he claiming people who wanted to vote were turned away? What an idiotic thing to say. Surely you cannot endorse a result and publicly conceded defeat and then wake up one day to dispute the same result. Taking a whole country for fools is what this lunatic is trying to do.

Annoyed - 13 December 2016

Kusarohwa uko kuzviitisa

chamu - 13 December 2016

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