Yahya Jammeh Ban Ki-Moon dismayed at military takeover of Gambia's electoral commission

Ban also issued a statement calling on the security forces to immediately vacate the Commission.

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Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, who took office in a coup, has led The Gambia for 22 years play

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, who took office in a coup, has led The Gambia for 22 years

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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Wednesday expressed dismay at the takeover of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) premises by the military in Gambia.

Ban, in a statement issued by his office, called on the security forces to immediately vacate the Commission and to refrain from any further acts that could jeopardise efforts toward the peaceful transfer of power.

“This action violates the independent status of the Commission under the Gambian constitution, and could compromise the sensitive electoral material under the IEC’s custody,” the secretary-general said.

“This outrageous act of disrespect of the will of the Gambian people and defiance toward the international community at a time when a high-level Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delegation was in the country to broker a peaceful transfer of power,” he said.

He further reiterated his call for a peaceful, timely, and orderly transfer of power in full respect of the will of the Gambian people as expressed in the presidential election.

On Saturday, Ban as well as the UN Security Council had expressed concerns at the outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of the outcome of the election and had urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from violence and remain calm.

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The UN chief had, in particular, urged the country’s defence and security forces, to refrain from any statements or actions that may lead to violence or unrest.

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