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Gambia (The)

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National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
06.04.2017
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
10.04.2017
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.04.2022
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
53
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
239
Notes
Number of seats at stake: 53. In addition, there are five members appointed by the President.
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
218
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
21
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
8.79%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
9

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
886,578
Votes Number of people who actually voted
379,320
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
42.78%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
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.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
6
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
66.67%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
58.49%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Yes
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
7
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
United Democratic Party (UDP), National Reconciliation Party (NRP), Peoples' Progressive Party (PPP), People's Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), Gambia Party for Democracy and Progress (GPDP), National Convention Party (NCP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
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
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
52
Number of women elected
6
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
11.32%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
Three women were elected and three others were appointed, or a total of six women among 58 members.
Sources
National Assembly (21.04.2017, 14.12.2017) Independent Electoral Commission (16.06.2017) European Union, Election Observation Mission to The Gambia (2017) France 24 Deutsche Welle Le Monde The Women's Torch
Women Directly Elected
3
Women Appointed
3

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
52
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
6
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
55
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
11.04.2017
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Mariam Jack Denton (Female)
Date of election
11.04.2017