The official website of Gambia’s Government House has been shut down by suspected hackers.
The website was attacked on Saturday after incumbent president Yahya Jammeh‘s Friday night television broadcast rejecting the December 1 presidential election result, which he lost to opposition leader and now President-elect, Adama Barrow.
Jammeh said after a thorough investigation, he decided to reject the outcome of the recent election, citing ”serious” and ”unacceptable” abnormalities during the electoral process.
“I recommend fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a god-fearing and independent electoral commission,” he said.
Local media report that during the cyber attack, an image of Barrow was displayed on the website with the message: “President-Elect Adama barrow, Republic of The Gambia – Office of the President –State House. Aluta continua, victoria a certa.”
A similar message was also posted on the website of the government-controlled Daily Observer newspaper.
The picture of Barrow is said to be no longer on both websites even as both are still inactive.
The lone message on the State House website said it was under construction while that on the website of the Daily Observer read: “This website is currently undergoing updates and will return soon. Please check back later.”
Both the African Union and United Nations have condemned Jammeh’s decision to reject the election.
Also the United States, and right organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have expressed their disappointment.