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D-day to lodge complaints with Gabon's constitutional court

D-day to lodge complaints with Gabon's constitutional court


Gabon’s opposition has until this Thursday at 3 PM GMT to contest the disputed presidential results .
It is not yet clear whether Ali Bongo’s opponent Jean Ping will petition the court following his criticisms that the country’s constitutional court serves the interests of the presidency.

Answering a question on whether Ping will contest the results, Jean Ping’s campaign manager René Ndemezo Obiang says “ we will see”.

On Wednesday Gabon’s president Ali Bongo Ondimba granted interviews to French media during which he slammed the EU mission for not finding irregularities in the camp of his rival, Jean Ping.

The opposition and the international community have called on Gabonese authorities to recount the votes but president Ali Bongo said a decision to recount the vote can only be taken by the constitutional court.

The bone of contention is Upper Ougoue where the opposition and the EU mission believe recorded obvious irregularities.

At Upper Ougoue, a participation rate of 99.9 percent placed Ali Bongo 5.594 votes ahead of Jean Ping.

Post electoral violence in Gabon has left at least 7 dead and the interior ministry is still evaluating everything that has been looted, burned and broken.