Jammeh Appoints Foreign Judges To Hear His Petition

 Jammeh Appoints Foreign Judges To Hear His Petition

jammehGambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has appointed six foreign judges into the Supreme Court to join the remaining member, so that his election petition could be heard.
Sources in the country however could not give the names of the judges.
The President also yesterday ordered the electoral commission building taken over by police on December 13 to reopen, saying it had been shut for safety reasons.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) office was sealed off without warning by security forces on the same day President Yahya Jammeh’s political party lodged a court case against the commission to have the December 1 election result annulled.
A decree issued yesterday claimed the authorities had received reports the IEC would be burnt down, stating: “Now that the threat has abated, the IEC head office will reopen.”
IEC staff could return to work “with immediate effect”, the statement added, but a visible security presence would be maintained around the compound close to the capital, Banjul.
The president’s legal complaint against the IEC was triggered in part by a vote recount in the days following the December 1 election, which ultimately confirmed opponent Adama Barrow’s victory, 22 years after Jammeh took power.
The Gambia is facing prolonged political deadlock as Jammeh has said he will await a Supreme Court ruling, delayed until January 10, before ceding power.
The reopening of its headquarters will allow IEC officials time to prepare their case.
The president’s stance has stoked international concerns about the future of the west African country, with the UN joining African leaders in calling for him to step down.
The Thursday decree also hit out at the tide of false news circulating on the internet and social media that claimed Jammeh had been deposed by his army chief.
“The Gambia under the leadership of His Excellency the President Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh Babili Mansa will continue to jealously guard the stability of the nation and ensure the maintenance of peace and security,” the decree said.

LTV

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.