The United Democratic Party has officially filed a petition before the Supreme Court of the Gambia challenging the validity of the election of Adama Barrow as President of the republic of the Gambia.
In a statement released on Tuesday, UDP said: “The general public is hereby informed that today 14th December 2021 the United Democratic Party at 14: 59 has officially filed a petition before the Supreme Court of the Gambia challenging the validity of the election of Adama Barrow as President of the republic of the Gambia. I Therefore urge all members and supporters of the UDP to stay calm and continue to be peaceful and law abiding at all times. And to go about their normal activities in peace and tranquility.
In the meantime time I reiterate that the National Executive Committee of the UDP will continue to exert maximum efforts through all the available legal remedies and will not rest until all legal recourse is exhausted. Please be reminded that the UDP is committed to use exclusively peaceful means to settle all disputes regarding the December 4th Presidential elections and shall abide by the judgement of the Court. This is the only option in tune with values and principles of the UDP.
Finally, as the matter is now before the apex Court of our nation, I urge all members and supporters of the UDP to refrain from discussing the merits of the case or to engage in any sort of trial by media until the Court passes its judgement.”
Reports of a filed election petition were rumoured on Monday but the party’s top executives denied the report and confirmed to Alkamba Times that an election petition will be filed on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court of the Gambia which oversees constitutional matters as the Gambia’s apex judicial body is yet to set a date for the petitions hearings.