Democracy in Gambia

Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018

Score:

4.5 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Partly Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017

Score:

4.06 out of 10

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:

113

Polity IV

2016

Score:

-5

(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)

Category:

Closed Anocracy

Political System

System of Government Presidential
Presidential Electoral System First past the post
Last Presidential Election 2016
Next Presidential Election 2021
Presidential Term Limits None
System of appointment to legislature

48 elected in single-member constituencies through first past the post

5 appointed by the president

Last Legislative Election

2017

Next Legislative Election

2022

Number of Seats in Legislature 53
Female quota, representation in lower house No

Results

Last presidential election (2016)
Candidate (Party) Votes (%)
1st round FPTP System
Adama Barrow 43.3
Yahya Jammeh 39.6
Mama Kandeh 17.1

Last legislative election (2017)    
Party Votes (%) Seats
United Democratic Party 37.47 31
Gambia Democratic Congress 17 5
Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction 16 5
People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism 9 4
National Reconciliation Party 6 5
People’s Progressive Party 3 2
Gambia Moral Congress 1 0
National Convention Party 0 0
Gambia Party for Democracy and Progress 0.34 0
Independents 9.56 1

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