Gambia (The)

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.
09.04.2022
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
13.04.2022
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.
30.04.2027
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".
246
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
227
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
19
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
7.72%
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.
18

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
962,157

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) came first but failed to secure a majority in the new legislature. It won 18 of 53 directly elected seats in the 58-member National Assembly, which also includes five presidential appointees. The main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP, see note 1), led by Mr. Ousainu Darboe, came second with 15 seats while three other parties took fewer than four seats each. A record 12 independent candidates were elected.

The 2022 elections were the first to be held after the December 2021 presidential elections, in which Mr. Barrow was re-elected for a new five-year term (see note 2). He had officially launched the NPP in January 2021, describing it as the party for all Gambians, based on the notion of true democratic and patriotic citizenship. 

Note 1:
The UDP was the largest force in the outgoing legislature, in place since the 2017 parliamentary elections. Mr. Barrow, the then UDP treasurer, was a joint candidate for the UDP-led opposition coalition in the 2016 presidential election but left the UDP before the election. UDP leader Darboe ran unsuccessfully in the 2021 presidential election.

Note 2: 
In September 2020, the outgoing legislature rejected the constitutional amendments which would have introduced a two-term limit for the presidency. They would have applied retrospectively, meaning the incumbent would have been able to seek only one more term.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
5
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.
27.78%
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.
33.96%
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.
No
Note on the alternation of power
Presidential system.
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
National People’s Party (NPP)

Note: The new Cabinet appointed in May 2022 is composed largely of Ministers from the NPP. It also includes Ministers who do not belong to any party since they are appointed based on their competence rather than the political party to which they belong.
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
National People's Party (NPP) 18
United Democratic Party (UDP) 15
National Reconciliation Party (NRP) 4
Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) 2
People's Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) 2
Independents 12
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
50
Number of women elected
3
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.
5.66%
Other notes
Note on the date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature:
The outgoing National Assembly is dissolved one day before the convening of the new legislature in accordance with Article 99 of the Constitution.
Women Directly Elected
3
Women Appointed
2

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.
53
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.
5
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.
14.04.2022
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.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta (Male)
Date of election
14.04.2022