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GAMBIA (THE)
National Assembly
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name National Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 6 April 2017
Purpose of elections The United Democratic Party (UDP, see note 1) won an absolute majority with 31 seats in the 58-member National Assembly. The 2017 elections were the first to be held under the presidency of Mr. Adama Barrow who defeated the long-serving President Yahya Jammeh in the December 2016 presidential elections (see note 2). The former ruling party, the Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC), took only five seats, down from the 48 seats won during the 2012 elections boycotted by six opposition parties, including the UDP. The newly elected National Assembly comprises the first-ever woman Speaker and a disabled person who both are presidential appointees.

Note 1:
Mr. Barrow was UDP treasurer when a seven-party opposition coalition selected him as its joint presidential candidate. He left the UDP before the presidential elections. The coalition subsequently broke apart and parties fielded their candidates separately in the parliamentary elections.

Note 2:
Mr. Jammeh initially recognized the election results but subsequently refused to step down. Mediation efforts by West African leaders and the threat of military intervention eventually brought about the country’s first-ever democratic transition since 1994 when Mr. Jammeh had seized power in a coup.
Date of previous elections: 29 March 2012

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 10 April 2017

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: April 2022

Number of seats at stake: 53 (full renewal)*
*In addition, there are five members appointed by the President.

Number of candidates: 239 (218 men, 21 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 8.8%

Number of parties contesting the election: 9

Number of parties winning seats: 6

Alternation of power: Yes

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 11 April 2017

Name of the new Speaker: Ms. Mariam Jack Denton (nominated member)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 16 April 2017
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
886'578
379'320 (42.78%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
United Democratic Party (UDP)
Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC)
National Reconciliation Party (NRP)
Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC)
People's Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS)
People's Progressive Party (PPP)
Independents
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
United Democratic Party (UDP) 31
Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) 5
National Reconciliation Party (NRP) 5
Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) 5
People's Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) 4
People's Progressive Party (PPP) 2
Independents 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
52
6
10.34%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Sources:
National Assembly (21.04.2017)
Independent Electoral Commission (16.06.2017)
http://iec.gm/nomination-of-national-assembly-members-2017/
http://iec.gm/political-parties/registered-parties/
https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/eu_eom_the_gambia_preliminary_statement_3.pdf
http://www.france24.com/
http://www.dw.com
http://www.lemonde.fr
http://www.thewomenstorch.com/

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