Tuesday 20 August 2019

UN chief says Gambian forces should leave election offices

Gambia Army Chief Ousmane Badj arrivse for a meeting with Ecowas delegation in Banjul. (AP/ Sylvain Cherkaoui)
Gambia Army Chief Ousmane Badj arrivse for a meeting with Ecowas delegation in Banjul. (AP/ Sylvain Cherkaoui)

The United Nations says a takeover by Gambia's security forces of the country's electoral commission offices could compromise "sensitive electoral material", as the president refuses to accept being voted out of power.

The spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that Tuesday's blockading of the election offices was an "outrageous act of disrespect" and a sign of defiance as West African leaders visited to urge President Yahya Jammeh to accept his loss.

The UN statement calls on security forces to immediately leave the electoral offices. It also calls for a peaceful transfer of power.

West African leaders will meet on Saturday about Gambia's election crisis.

Mr Jammeh initially conceded to Adama Barrow, who won the December 1 vote, but later rejected the results.

Mr Jammeh's party wants a new election.

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