Sunday, October 2, 2016
Gabonese intelligence services placed on listening to the members of the observation mission deployed by the European Union for the election of 27 August and conversations attest to their doubts on the fairness of the result, says the the french weekly Le Journal du Dimanche.
In an article titled “Watergate in Gabon,” the Journal du Dimanche published excerpts of some twenty recordings, without saying how it obtained them, and wrote one of the people listened to “positively identified his own voice.”
For the newspaper, “the recorded conversations reveal heavy suspicions of rigging the results,” which gave the winner outgoing president Ali Bongo Ondimba against the opposition candidate Jean Ping.
“They are looking for how to cheat and it is not seen too much,” says the end of August a member of the EU mission, unidentified, according to one of these extracts. “Ballot boxes are en route to Libreville and will make a difference,” he adds.
On August 30, the head of security of the EU mission, a certain Pierre B. is “the main target of Gabonese services” according to the JDD, informs a caller that there was “numbers of changes tonight on Wikipedia “. “They have swollen the population of Upper Ogooué! This is not encouraging,” he said.
The next day, the victory of Ali Bongo was declared with less than 6,000 advance, with a score of 95% in Upper Ogooué (southeast), a stronghold of the Bongo family, where the announced participation of 99 93% of the vote.
“They did exactly what I hoped it was not going to,” said the same day the deputy head of the EU mission in a trade with Pierre B. quoted by JDD.
During two days of rioting and looting broke out in the country by killing three government and several dozen according to the opposition. Jean Ping had appealed to the Constitutional Court, which rejected his appeal and Ali Bongo was officially invested Tuesday for a second term.
Came at the invitation of the Government, the European observers were highly critical to the outcome of the electoral process, officially stating that analysis of the results of the presidential in favor of Ali Bongo showed “an obvious anomaly.”