Gambia elects a new National Assembly
Gambians go to the polls today to elect a new National Assembly just over five months after they elected Adama Barrow as their new President after 23 years of rule under Yahya Jammeh.
There are 48 of the 53 seats in the National Assembly being contested today (the remaining five are appointed by the President) in single member constituencies using the first past the post system.
In the last election in 2012 Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) won 43 of the 48 seats. This time they are putting up 29 candidates whilst the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) which was formed in 2016 by former APRC member Mama Kandeh is putting up a full slate of candidates.
Although there was a seven party ‘Coalition 2016’ supporting Adama Barrow in the presidential election all the parties are fighting the election independently this time in what has been described as the first free elections. Barrow’s former party, the United Democratic Party (UDP) is putting up 44 candidates.
There are 886,578 registered voters entitled to vote for 238 candidates from nine political parties across 1,422 polling stations between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time. There is no overseas voting.