Gambian legislative election, 1947

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An election for the one elected seat on the Legislative Council was held in the Gambia in 1947. It was the first time that the Council had had a directly elected representative.[1]


In 1946 the Legislative Council was reorganised and increased in size from 11 to 14 members. It would consist of three ex-officio members, three officials, six appointees and one elected member.[2]


The seat was won by Edward Francis Small,[3] the founder of the Gambia Labour Union, who defeated Ibrahima Garba-Jahumpa (who later founded the Muslim Congress Party) and Sheikh Omar Fye.[4]

Candidate Votes % Notes
Edward Francis Small 1,491 46.67 Elected
Sheikh Omar Fye 1,018 31.86
Ibrahima Momodou Garba-Jahumpa 679 21.25
John Finden Dailey 4 0.13
Richard Rendall 3 0.09
Total 3,195 100
Registered voters/turnout 5,580 57.26
Source: Hughes & Perfect[5]


  1. ^ Hughes, A. & Perfect, D. (1989) "Trade Unionism in the Gambia" African Affairs Vol. 88, No. 353 pp. 549-572
  2. ^ Dolf Sternberger, Bernhard Vogel, Dieter Nohlen & Klaus Landfried (1969) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band II: Afrika, Erster Halbband, pp731–732
  3. ^ Gambia: On the Road to Independence FOROYAA, 27 February 2007
  4. ^ History of the Independence Movement Gambia Information Site
  5. ^ Arnold Hughes & David Perfect (2006) A political history of the Gambia, 1816–1994, University of Rochester Press, pp115–298