UDP sweeps Local Gov’t polls

Monday, April 16, 2018

Despite low voter turn-out across the country in the 2018 Local Government election, the United Democratic Party (UDP) has emerged victorious on Thursday in a well contested councillorship election winning 62 seats out of 120 seats which were contested by 409 candidates.

The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) party one of the youngest political parties in the country emerged second with 23 seats, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) come 3rd with 18 seats, PDOIS wins 7 seats, Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) wins 1 seat, National Reconciliation Party (NRP) wins 5 seats, while NCP and GPDP were not able to win a seat in the Local Government elections. Three independent candidates also went with a seat each.

The election chairman, Alieu Momar Njie, described the local government election as free and transparent. This is the second election conducted by the IEC since the fall of former ruler, Yahya Jammeh of the APRC.

Civil society organisations have also described the 2018 Local Government election as free, fair and transparent. 

Author: Momodou Jawo