By Omar Wally

United Democratic Party has emerged victorious in Thursday’s local  council elections. 409 candidates drawn from nine parties and dozens of independent candidates contested for 120 seats.

Like parliamentary election in 2017, the voter out was low in some polling stations especially in the Greater Banjul Area.

United Democratic Party, won 62 seats, out of 120 seats contested, APRC won 18, Gambia Democratic Congress 23, PDOIS 7, National Reconciliation Party 5, Gambia Moral Congress 1, People’s Progressive Party 1, GPDP and NCP did not win any seats, however three independent candidates won.

Speaking shortly after announcing the final result, Alieu Momarr Njie, head of the electoral commission, extolled Gambians for maintaining peace throughout the function.

‘Our mantra is fairly done, freely and transparently. The only setback we had was the low voter turnout.’ He concluded.