General election in British Gambia 1947

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General election in British Gambia 1947
votes cast (in%)

The parliamentary elections in British Gambia in 1947 were the first elections in the West African British colony of Gambia . These elections were for an elected seat in the Legislative Council ( English Legislative Council ), a forerunner of the House of Representatives ( English House of Representatives ).

The seat was won by Edward Francis Small , who later became the founder of the Gambia Labor Union . Since there were no political parties in the colony at the time, Small was rated as a non-attached candidate.

Electoral process and districts

It was the first time that the Legislative Council had a directly elected representative. There was only one constituency , this comprised the city of Bathurst (the former name of Banjul) and the Kombo-St. Mary Area (also known as the British Combo).

The protectorate was not involved in these elections.

Election preparation

The Methodist Christian Edward Francis Small from the Aku ethnic group and the Muslim candidates Sheikh Omar Fye and Ibrahima Momodou Garba-Jahumpa , both of whom came from the Wolof people, ran for election . In addition, the two Christians John Find Dailey and Richard S. Rendall, who both also came from the Aku people, stood for election.

Election result

Of the 3195 votes cast, Edward Francis Small achieved a majority with 46.67% and was elected.

Administrative unit Constituency candidate be right proportion of
British Gambia
Bathurst and Combo St. Mary
Edward Francis Small 000000000001491.00000000001,491 46.67%
Sheikh Omar Fye 000000000001018.00000000001,018 31.86%
Ibrahima Momodou Garba-Jahumpa 000000000000679.0000000000679 21.25%
John Find Dailey 000000000000004.00000000004th 0.13%
Richard S. Rendall 000000000000003.00000000003 0.09%


A by-election did not take place.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Gambia: On the Road to Independence FOROYAA, February 27, 2007
  2. ^ Hughes, A. & Perfect, D. (1989) "Trade Unionism in the Gambia", African Affairs Vol. 88, no. 353 pp. 549-572
  3. ^ A b c Arnold Hughes, David Perfect: A political history of The Gambia, 1816-1994 Univ. of Rochester Pr., 2006, ISBN 1-58046-230-8