President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow has successfully won a second term in the presidential election, with thousands of supporters celebrating and opponents disputing the results.
Reuters reports that Barrow garnered 53% of the votes, according to results released by the electoral commission late on Sunday.
His main challenger Ousainou Darboe won 27.7%.
Electoral commission chairman Alieu Momarr Njai declared Barrow the winner, announcing the final results to journalists hours after rival candidates had challenged partial results that gave the incumbent a commanding lead.
Crowds of Barrow’s supporters marched through the streets of the capital Banjul to a din of horns and danced on a vast esplanade.
“I will do all I can and utilise every resource at my disposal to make The Gambia a better place for us all,” Barrow said while addressing a cheering crowd of his supporters.
However, before the full results were announced, three of Barrow’s rivals had rejected partial results.
“At this stage, we reject the results announced so far,” Darboe and two other candidates said in a joint statement earlier. “All actions are on table.”
Earlier on Sunday, Ernest Bai Koroma, the head of an election observation mission from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), appealed to all the candidates “to accept the outcome of the election in good fate”.
The election was being closely watched as a test of the democratic transition in The Gambia, where Yahya Jammeh ruled for 22 years after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1994.
He was forced into exile in Equatorial Guinea in January 2017 after Barrow, then a relative unknown, defeated him at the ballot box.
Jammeh lost to Barrow in the 2016 election but had to be removed by military intervention from other west African states.