Gambia’s incumbent president Yahya Jammeh who has been in power for 22 years and ruled his country with iron fist has warned citizens that there should be no demonstrations after the December 1st polls which he is contesting aginst a coalition of opposition
Adama Barrow and Mamma Kandeh are campaigning hard to win the votes of 886,578 electorates at 1,422 polling stations in 53 constituencies in the seven administrative regions of the country and unseat the long-time leader Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh President since 1996, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1994 as a young 29-year-old Second Lieutenant in the Gambian National Army.
His reasons then were corruption and lack of democracy under the country’s first president Dawda Jawara who had ruled since 1970 to 1994 .Jammeh founded his party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction, and won the 1996 election.He subsequently won the 2001, 2006 and 2011 elections with 53%, 67.3% and 72% of the vote respectively.
Speaking today to thousands of cheering supporters, the controversial leader says “There is no reason to protest because the election cannot be rigged, and in this country, anyway, we do not allow demonstrations. At a swipe to opposition leaders who had earlier called on Jammeh to respect the results when he losses, the Gambian strongman said: “Nothing will happen, this is not the first time we organised elections.” They (the opposition) will not win,” he added.
The winner of the election will enjoy a five-year term as president.