The preliminary results from Saturday’s National Assembly election are showing the opposition UDP retaining many seats, and defeating NPP candidates in Busumbala, Tallinding, Lower Badibu, and Latri kunda.

Polls opened at 8 am and closed at 5 pm with a low voter turnout compared to the Dec 4 presidential election.

Out of the 14 constituency results released so far by the Independent Electoral Commission, IEC, the NPP lost all three seats in Banjul, and in Kiang East, Kaing West, and Kaing Central to the UDP and an Independent candidate.

The NPP has won all the seats in the Jarras, whilst the NRP won in Upper Saloum, but lost in Lower Baddibu to UDP and in Janjanbureh to the Independent candidate called Omar Jammeh.

Around 245 candidates including 85 Independents and 19 women contested for the 53 seats in this second legislative election since the departure of long-time ruler Yahya Jammeh.

“The likelihood is that [Barrow] will take the majority of the house, and be able to draw from the support of splinter actors, such as independent candidates,” said Jeggan Grey Johnson of the Open Society Foundation’s Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project.

The weekend election was monitored by international bodies, including the EU, Ecowas, AU, and local elections observers.

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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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