UDP Leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe

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.

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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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