Gabon opposition candidate, Jean Ping proclaimed himself winner of the presidential elections that held on Friday the 27th of August 2016. However, the Ministry of Interior say it is illegal to make such pronouncements before the official announcement.
Jean Ping made the declaration from his movement headquarters in Libreville on Sunday. The Ping statement came immediately after his camp earlier broadcasted to the press a victory with a score of 60%, based on results compiled in their network. The Ministry of Interior said the results of the August 27 polling could be announced on Tuesday at 5 pm.
First trends had given victory to Ali Bongo in 6 of the 9 provinces of the country with a score of over 54%. The outgoing president has reportedly remained silent as required by the law. Libreville, the capital city has been quiet. A small manifestation of fifty pro-Ping activists excited after the Ping announcement was dispersed by police.
By Chi Prudence Asong