APRC Urges Supreme Court To Declare December Election Null And Void

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The Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) had filed a petition at the Supreme Court of the Gambia, calling on the country Apex Court to declare the 1 December election null and void.

The petition was… December 19, 2016 The Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) had filed a petition at the Supreme Court of the Gambia, calling on the country Apex Court to declare the 1 December election null and void.

The petition was filed by Bala Garba Jahumpa, the Secretary General of APRC against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Attorney General of The Gambia at the Supreme Court. The petitioner is urging the court to declare Yahya Jammeh the duly elected president of The Gambia, instead of Adama Barrow.

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It noted that Yahya Jammeh purportedly had more votes than Adama Barrow in the 1 December 2016 election. The petition pointed out that the 1 December election was invalid as non-compliance with the elections Act, that it was not conducted fairly and in good faith, and that the non-compliance seriously affected the credibility of the results of the election and thereby rendering the result invalid.

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The petition stated that the IEC, which is the statutory body responsible for the proper conduct of elections in The Gambia failed to properly collate the results of the election. On 2 December 2016, the IEC declared the results and then on 5 December, it declared a different result having noticed some errors.

It claimed that no APRC representative was present when the said revision was made, neither was it signed by the APRC representative, Hon. Seedy S.K. Njie. It further stated that on the polling day, 1 December 2016 in the Upper Region; 25,000 APRC supporters who were on the queue to cast their vote for Yahya Jammeh were intimidated by the IEC presiding officers and were not allowed to cast their vote and were sent home by these officers.

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The petition further stated that the non-compliance also includes complaints of some irregularities in the conduct of voting in the Lower Fulladu West constituency. Meanwhile, judicial sources have confirmed that the APRC is represented by veteran lawyer Edward Gomez.

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