Lawyers for president-elect Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party have filed a motion before the Supreme Court seeking dismissal of the United Democratic Party election petition lawsuit against their client.

Barrow’s lawyers include Sherriff Marie Tambadou, Christopher E. Mene, I. Richards and Paulin Bakurim.

The motion seeks dismissal or striking out of the UDP petition case brought against President Adama Barrow contrary to the provisions of the Constitution on the ground that the President has constitutional immunity from suit granted to him as President of the Republic by section 69 of the Constitution.

According to the motion, section 69 provides that “no civil and criminal proceedings shall be instituted or continued against the President while he holds or performs the function of the Office of the President in respect of anything done or omitted to be done by him or her whether in an official or private capacity”.

Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow set aside Tuesday, 21 December 2021 for the hearing of the motion.

He gave IEC and UDP two days to respond to the motion.

Opposition United Democratic Party has filed a case against President Adama Barrow’s election victory, citing election fraud which include “insertion of non-Gambians and bribing voters with cooking utensils”.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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