Upon the calls from the opposition to recount Haut-Ogooue votes, Gabon’s constitutional court has rejected the appeal, maintaining that President Ali Bongo won the election.
On 31st of August, the incumbent President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, was announced winner of the general elections recently held in the country.
It was reported that President Bongo won August’s election by just 6,000 votes but the opposition disagrees with the poll record, saying it was rigged. The elections have heated up days of violence and unrest in Gabon.
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Gabon’s Justice Minister, Seraphim Moundounga, had to resign in protest of the election results. On that note President Bongo has called on the opposition for a political dialogue.
The opposition candidate Jean Ping had disputed and firmly appeals the final result. He wants a recount of the votes in Haut-Ogooue province. Mr Ping also warns that a court rejection of his appeal for a recount in that province will definitely threaten the peace in the country.
The former African Union diplomat, Ping, called for a recount, pointing out that the vote count in the Bongo’s home province, Haut-Ogooue, was clearly rigged.
Initial poll record says that out of a 99.93% turnout of voters, President Bongo had 95% of the votes.
Ali Bongo took over from his father Omar Bongo, who was the longest-serving African leader at the time of his death (41 years), and was who was also accused of kleptocracy.
The 2009 election that supposedly put President Bongo in power was believed to have been marred with irregularities in the election processes. As a matter of fact, there were already speculations that he would be the successor even before the elections.
It is feared that after 7 years of ruling Gabon, a repeat of the 2009 elections has just occurred. Moreso, when Gabon’s Constitutional court rejects the appeal to recount Haut-Ogooue votes, and once again certifies Ali Bongo winner of the elections (just like they did in 2009).