The final results of the weekend National Assembly election as announced Sunday morning by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) have President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) winning in 18 constituencies, closely followed by the United Democratic Party (UDP) with 15 seats.

The next to win seats are the political parties that joined the alliance with Barrow’s, party to contest the election.

The National Reconciliation Party (NRP) of Hamat Bah managed to secure four seats and the APRC led by Fabakary Tombong Jatta got two seats.

Independent candidates including those reportedly sponsored by ex-President Yahya Jammeh polled four seats.

PDOIS won two seats, and Independent candidates captured the rest of the contested seats.

The winners include the majority and minority leaders in the former legislature, Kebba Barrow (UDP) and Samba Jallow (NRP) respectively.

According to the IEC, the total voters registered to go into Saturday’s election was 962,157, with ballots cast at 492,754 and voter turnout put at 51.2 percent.

This shows a massive decline from the nearly 90 percent voter turnout registered in the December 2021 presidential election.

This was the second parliamentary election since the fall of ex-president Yahya Jammeh, who lost the election in 2016 and was forced into exile in Equatorial Guinea in January 2017.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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