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.