Information coming in from the electoral commission in Gambia has it that the opposition candidate, Adama Barrow, is in the lead after almost 75 per cent of votes had been counted in Gambian presidential voting, threatening President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year-rule, the electoral commission said on Friday.
Mr. Barrow, who has the support of seven political parties, has won 22 out of 53 constituencies or 138,148 votes in Thursday’s presidential polls.
Just in case Mr Barrow is declared President-Elect of Gambia, Omojuwa.Com has compiled a summary of what we know about Mr Barrow for your reading.
- Born in 1965 in small village near the market town of Basse, eastern Gambia
- Moved to London in the 2000s, reportedly working as a security guard at Argos department store in north London while he completed his studies.
- Returned to Gambia in 2006 to set up his own property company
- 51-year-old wins nomination to lead coalition of seven opposition parties against President Jammeh
- Criticises the lack of a two-term limit on the presidency and condemns the jailing of opposition politicians
- Promotes an independent judiciary, freedom for media and civil society
- Says he will introduce a three-year transitional government made up from members of the opposition coalition if he wins