Gabon opposition challenge poll results

2011-12-28 07:48

Libreville - One of Gabon's main opposition parties said on Tuesday that several of its candidates in the December 17 legislative election were challenging the results in court over "massive fraud".

The Union of the Gabonese People said 10 out of the 33 candidates it fielded in this month's vote were filing a recourse with the Constitutional Court.

Other opposition parties have denounced fraud in the oil-rich state, where the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party was declared to have won 114 of parliament's 120 seats while the UPG lost the seven seats it had.

"They are not real results, but results arising from massive fraud," UPG secretary general Mathieu Mbomba Nziengui said.

"The Gabonese people as a whole have been astounded by the scale of the fraud and give no credit to these results," Mbomba Nziengui added.

The official abstention rate was 65.72% but many argue it was even higher in an election which a large part of the opposition chose to boycott.