Gambia security forces ‘seize election commission HQ’

Ebun Francis with agency reports

Reports from Gambia say the Country’s security forces have taken over the headquarters of the electoral commission and staff barred from entering the premises, its chairman informed the BBC.

President Yahya Jammeh initially conceded defeat to Adama Barrow in a recent poll, before changing his mind.

West African leaders, lead by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari  arrived Gambia Tuesday to try to persuade Mr Jammeh to step down peacefully.

“We hope and pray that he [Jammeh] accepts their advice and leaves office,” Mr Njai said.

The head of regional bloc Ecowas, Marcel de Souza, is not ruling out the use of force to restore the peoples mandate.

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“We have done it in the past,” he told Radio France Internationale.

“We currently have troops in Guinea-Bissau with the Ecomib mission. We have had troops in Mali. And therefore it is a possible solution.”

Mr Jammeh, who has ruled the country for 22 years, has questioned the validity of the count after the electoral commission changed some results, even though it insists the outcome was not affected.