Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Global news briefingz group - #Gabon Rigged elections

As expected,,,,,Africa's longest serving political dynasties has extended its half century of rule of Gabon after the Country’s electoral commission miraculously announced that the incumbent president Ali Bongo had won another term with 49.85% against the 48.16 of his arch Rival Jean Ping. According to EC results, The President has won with less than 100 votes. The vote tallying was late by 5 days something that has left many suspecting the results. Bongo Family has ruled Gabon for over 50 years.
The commission was expected to announce that the opposition candidate Jean Ping, a half-Chinese diplomat who was previously in the Bongo family’s trusted circle, narrowly lost with 70 votes after a fraught election that observers warned as likely to result in violence.
Ping’s party, which claimed victory soon after the vote, rejected the claimed result and demanded a recount in Haut Ogooué, a Bongo stronghold, which according to the sources, the commission was to claim saw a 99.93% turnout.
The national election commission (Cenap) was due to announce the result on Tuesday afternoon at 5pm local time, but delayed repeatedly and still had not declared the winner 19 hours later. Several analysts, including François Conradie, with NKC African Economics, suspected fraud.
“We think, based on what the opposition has reported and on what sources have told us about people’s voting preferences in Gabon, that Mr Ping won more votes than Mr Bongo, and this election is a one-round, first-past-the-post contest. It seems that the fight is just beggining.''
Residents of Libreville ventured out in the early morning to buy groceries but later stayed at home in anticipation of violent protests. The army has been deployed to the capital’s streets, and opposition members reported that their houses were surrounded by police . By James.

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