1997 Gambian parliamentary election

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Parliamentary elections were held in the Gambia on 2 January 1997 three months after presidential elections. The first parliamentary elections since Yahya Jammeh's 1994 coup, they were also the first parliamentary elections to be held under the new constitution approved in a 1996 referendum. However, Decree 89 meant that pre-1994 parties (such as the former ruling People's Progressive Party) were still banned.[1]

The elections were originally scheduled for 11 December 1996, but following an attack on military barracks at Farafenni at the start of November, they were postponed, and all political rallies were banned.[2] Jammeh's Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction won 33 of the 45 elected seats, enough to change the constitution.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction 160,470 52.13 33 New
United Democratic Party 104,568 33.97 7 New
PDOIS 24,272 7.88 1 +1
National Reconciliation Party 6,639 2.16 2 New
Independents 11,907 3.86 2 –1
Presidential appointees 4 –4
Invalid/blank votes 0
Total 307,856 100 49 –1
Registered voters/turnout 420,507 73.21
Source: African Elections Database


  1. ^ Gambia lifts ban on political parties BBC News, 23 July 2001
  2. ^ Gambia, The Britannica