Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Gambia electoral commission head flees country after threats to his life


The Chairman of the Gambian Electoral Commission has fled the country following threats to his life, his nephew said on Tuesday.

Alieu Momar Njai had declared Adama Barrow the winner of the Dec. 1 presidential election, but President Yahya Jammeh has refused to relinquish power, challenging the election results in court.

Modou Njai told newsmen that his uncle had left the country because of the threats.

“He was not willing to leave but the family had to put pressure on him.

“I understand that he is currently outside Gambia,’’ he said.

Security forces had earlier occupied the office of the electoral commission and denied staff access for weeks, but have since left the premises.

Barrow said on Monday that he would take power on Jan. 19 as mandated by the constitution, in spite of Jammeh’s court challenge.

After over two decades in power, Jammeh, 51, lost the election to Barrow, a former real estate agent who was little known even in Gambia before he announced his candidacy. (dpa/NAN)

3 comments:

  1. No one threatened him. His evil conscience got him scared for what he has done - manipulating the results and falsely declaring useless puppet barrow as "winner". Remember Jammeh recently survived a military coupe by some criminals. This is their second coupe attempt through falsifying election results and by the grace of The Almighty Allah, they could not succeed in overthrowing the president. Let Barrow try to declare himself president on January 19th and he will understand the meaning of Treason when he is arrested and sentenced like Abiola was. Gambia need a fresh election with credible electoral commissioner, not this useless man who has been bribed to announce false results! God Bless President Jammeh, God Bless the Gambia, God Bless Africa! !!!!

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  2. No one threatened him. His evil conscience got him scared for what he has done - manipulating the results and falsely declaring useless puppet barrow as "winner". Remember Jammeh recently survived a military coupe by some criminals. This is their second coupe attempt through falsifying election results and by the grace of The Almighty Allah, they could not succeed in overthrowing the president. Let Barrow try to declare himself president on January 19th and he will understand the meaning of Treason when he is arrested and sentenced like Abiola was. Gambia need a fresh election with credible electoral commissioner, not this useless man who has been bribed to announce false results! God Bless President Jammeh, God Bless the Gambia, God Bless Africa! !!!!

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  3. Your comment is the most ridiculous and misleading comments I have seen in a while. Let me start with your bogus statement that the Independent Electoral Chairman had fled because he took bribe to announce the results in president-elect Adama Barrow's favor. This is not just a lie but a total character assassination at the standard

    Who could have bribed the IEC chairman apart from Jammeh who has total influence over the entire electoral system. Jammeh abruptly appointed Mr Alieu Momar Njie. He also sponsored the entire elections, made some false registrations with the IEC hoping that the results would go his way as the case during the previous elections under Mustapha Carayol who has helped rigged elections to Jammeh's advantage.

    The opposition made attempts to challenge the disputed elections results in 2015 but Jammeh ignored the petition,he went on to be inaugurated in the process. Jammeh has fired all the judges in a bid to block any chance of opposition's petition hearing at the Supreme court. Jammeh thought he would succeed in colliding with Mr Njie to rig the elections but this man being a God-fearing and honesty,stood to his ground and declare Barrow as the winner of the elections. The elections was credible, fair and transparent as highlighted by all the party agents at various polling centres across the country. Jammeh sat in front of the whole world and conceded defeat only to make a u-tuen day later. He was disappointed and surprsie that Njie could declare the electiobs against him. He had never thought of this even though he knew he's losing his popularity amongst Gambians due to his arrogance, bigotry, killings, rapings, tortured etc. Now he's crying foul of irregularities and malpractices during the polls. This contraducts his earlier statement that our election ca not be rigg. He referred to our electoral system to be best worldwide. It is also important to highlight that Jammeh has created the very electoral system he is criticising. He has alway call our elections the most transparent and rigged-proof elections in th whole world. Now you coming here lying to your teeth about an innocent independent chairman. Now i understnd why you chosed to remain ananymous..What a Shame!

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