The Chief Justice, Emmanuel Fagbenle stated that the Supreme Court could not hear President Jammeh, as well as his party’s appeal against the outcome of the December 1 election due to the absence of a quorum of five Supreme Court judges. The case was adjourned to Monday due to the absence of four other required judges.
The Chief Justice had advised President Jammeh and his party to either adopt the ECOWAS peace initiative led by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari or make use of Gambia’s Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism.
Early on Wednesday, President Jammeh revealed that his party’s secretary general will handle the mediation between both camps in order to “resolve any mistrust and issues,” he said in a televised address to Gambians.
He also included his reason for not accepting the result in his address. According to the leader of Gambia, the election result was “full of arithmetic errors and anomalies, it also could not be credibly explained,” he said.
He further ordered the justice minister and national assembly to draft a general amnesty bill, while issuing an executive order not to arrest or prosecute citizens for “acts or omissions’’ committed during the pre and post electoral period, between November 1 and January 31.
Yahya Jammeh had initially accepted the result, even calling the President-Elect Adama Barrow to congratulate him on his victory. However, a few days later, President Jammeh stated that he was rejecting the result, citing irregularities in the electoral process.
President-elect Adama Barrow’s inauguration is still set to hold on 19th January.