Adama Barrow has won Gambia’s presidential election with landslide defeating his five challengers including main opposition leader and former political godfather Ousainou Darboe.

Adama Barrow has secured 457,519, Ousainou Darboe secured 238,253, Essa Faal got 17,206, Abdoulie Ebrima Jammeh got 8,252, Mama Kandeh got 105,902 and Halifa Sallah got 32,435.

Unemployment and high cost of living, security sector reforms and presidential term limit were the issues that election was fought on.

It seems the Gambian people have decided to give the incumbent a second term to finish his development projects.

However, the opposition leaders have so far rejected the preliminary election results, alleging irregularities. 

Security have been beefed up around the headquaters of the Independent Electoral Commission with personnel of the Police Intervention Unit dressed in their riot gears and a Police water canon vehicle stationed just hundred metres away from the building. 

This is the first presidential election since the country regained its democracy following the exile of former strongman Yahya Jammeh. 

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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