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Chairman of The Gambia Electoral Commission Alieu Momar Njai/Photo: smbcNews

By Andah John with agency reports

Reports in Gambia say the Chairman of the country’s Electoral Commission has fled the West-African country following threats to his life.

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His nephew was reported to have made this known on Tuesday.

Alieu Momar Njai had declared Adama Barrow the winner of the Gambia’s December 1 presidential election.

But President Yahya Jammeh has refused to relinquish power, challenging the election results in court.

And Modou Njai informed journalists that his uncle had left the country because of the threats.

“He was not willing to leave but the family had to put pressure on him.

“I understand that he is currently outside Gambia,’’ he said.

It was gathered that security forces had earlier occupied the office of the electoral commission and denied staff access for weeks. But they have since left the premises.

Barrow said on Monday that he would take power on 19 January, as mandated by the constitution, in spite of Jammeh’s court challenge.

After over two decades in power, Jammeh, 51, lost the election to Barrow, a former real estate agent who was little known even in Gambia before he announced his candidacy.