Gambia opposition challenges Barrow’s win in court

The Gambia’s opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has filed a petition at the country’s supreme court to challenge President Adama Barrow’s victory in the 4 December poll.

UDP, whose leader Ousainou Darboe came second in the election with 28% of the vote, accuses President Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) of voter bribery, manipulation of the voters’ register and other irregularities.

The party earlier denied a report that it had challenged the poll result.

The petition has been joined by the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) party, which says it has gathered “some evidence of alleged electoral fraud”.

President Barrow was re-elected with 53% of the vote in a poll described by observers as free and fair.

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