The United Democratic Party (UDP) has won both the two mayoral seats in the country's capital city Banjul and the country's largest municipality, Kanifing (KMC) in the last round of the country's electoral cycle, the Local Government Elections, held on May 12, 2018.
Candidates also contested for chairperson seats of the various area councils across the country on the same day and the UDP swept the polls in all area councils except Kuntaur Area Council in the Central River Region (CRR).
The country's largest opposition party, Gambia Democratic Party (GDC) won the area council seat in Kuntaur, CRR.
In Banjul, history has been as the first female mayoress was elected from the UDP party. Rohey Malick Lowe won 2, 836 votes in yesterday' s eletcion, leading the second runner-up Abdoulie Bah, who is the out-going mayor of the city. Mr. Bah scored 2, 292 votes.
There were 9 candidates in Banjul and they are, Abdoulie Bah, Independent; Abdoulie Saine, APRC; Ebou Faye, Independent; Alhagie Jah, Independent; Rohey Malick Lowe, UDP; Lizzie Eunson, Independent; Paul Pap Bass Jnr,Independent; Adama Kelepha Samba ; Independent and Pa Moussa Ndiaye, GDC.
Just like in Banjul, 9 candidates contested the election in the Kanifing Municpality. The candidates are: Bakary Badjie, Independent; Talib Bensouda, UDP; Mohamadou (Papa) Njie, Independent; Francis G. Gomez, Independent; Baboucarr Senghore, Independent; Adama Bah, PDOIS; Dawooda (Girigara) Njie, GDC; Ousman Rambo Jatta, APRC and Modou Jenkins, Independent.
Talib Bensouda of the UDP emerged victorious with a total of 29, 325 votes. Therefore Talib Bensouda has been duely elected to serve as mayor of KMC for the next 5 years. The APRC candidate Ousman Rambo Jatta came second in the KMC race and he scored 17, 392 votes.
All the results were announced by the Chairman of the IEC Alieu Momar Njie at the IEC headoffice along Bertil Herding Highway.