Lawyer Ousainou Darboe

The Gambia’s opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) Monday filed a motion at the supreme court seeking a review of its rejection of the party’s election petition.

The UDP which lost to President Adama Barrow in last month’s presidential election, said it has uncovered serious malpractices and asked the court to void the results.

The court however dismissed the petition  on the grounds that the party had failed to comply with Rule 11 of the Election Petition Act, which stipulates that person or institution petitioned should be served a notice of petition.

The court said the UDP as the petitioner in this case had not petitioned Mr. Barrow, a principal party to the case.

Disappointed in the verdict, the party said it will do everything in its power to ensure that justice prevail in the country.

“The UDP wishes to reassure all Gambians of its commitment to rule of law and to leave no stone unturned in its pursuit for justice,” the party said.

“It is in this context that the application was filed.”