The Independent Electoral Commission of the Gambia announced on Sunday, December 5, 2021, the victory of outgoing President Adama Barrow in the presidential election on Saturday, December 4. Yahya Jammeh’s rookie in 2016 will run for a second term at the head of the Gambia with 53.2% of the vote, according to the overall results.
Adama Barrow will lead The Gambia for a second five-year term. His victory was announced by Alieu Momar Ndjie, the president of the Electoral Commission, who puts the politician ahead with 458,519 out of some 900,000 voters, or 53.2%. Its main rival, Ousainou Darboe, follows far behind with 238,253 votes, or 27.7%. Activists of the National People’s Party (NPP), party of President Adma Barrow, met in the center of the capital, next to the presidential palace, to celebrate the re-election of Yahya Jammeh’s executioner in 2016.
The announcement of the results was slightly delayed since the tradition in The Gambia is to announce the results 24 hours after the elections. The opponent, Ousainou Darboe, made a statement from his home, along with other unhappy candidates, to criticize this slowness in the publication of the results but also and especially to castigate, According to him, the scandalous organization of the election and the shameful candidacy of the outgoing president.
It should be noted that five years ago, Adama Barrow, a 56-year-old former real estate developer, thwarted predictions and defeated dictator Yahya Jammeh. His election put an end to more than twenty years of a regime characterized by a multitude of atrocities committed by the State and its agents: assassinations, enforced disappearances, rapes, acts of torture… He also promised to serve only one term as head of the country, but he still ran in that election.