Supreme Court to Hear UDP Election Petition Case Tomorrow

President Barrow with UDP Leader, Lawyer Darboe during the 2021 Legal Year opening at Law Court Complex in Banjul

The country’s top constitutional court will hear the election petition filed by the opposition United Democratic Party, which seeks to overturn the results of the December 4 elections tomorrow, Friday December 17 2021.

UDP is challenging the validity of the results of the 4th December Presidential Election as announced by the Independent Electoral Commission that saw the incumbent, President Adama Barrow, winning by a landslide.

The Gambia’s electoral laws provide a period of 10 days for parties to challenge election results or file a petition at the Supreme Court after the announcement of official polls, which the UDP did.

Sources say the National Peoples Party of President Barrow serving as the respondent in the Petition has hired the services of top lawyers including Ida Drammeh, Chris Mene, and Sheriff Tambadou while UDP retains the service of top Constitutional lawyers, Borry Touray and Lamin Darboe.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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