Gambian general election, 1987

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General elections were held in the Gambia on 11 March 1987. The election date had been announced on 1 January 1987 and nominations for presidential candidates closed on 9 February. A total of 113 candidates ran for the 36 elected seats. Both elections were won by the People's Progressive Party, whose leader Dawda Jawara remained president.

Presidential election

Candidate Party Votes %
Dawda JawaraPeople's Progressive Party123,38559.18
Sheriff Mustapha DibbaNational Convention Party57,34327.51
Assan Musa CamaraGambian People's Party27,75113.31
Registered voters/turnout262,59379.39
Source: Hughes & Perfect[1]

Parliamentary election

Party Votes % Seats +/–
People's Progressive Party119,24856.3531+4
National Convention Party55,25126.114
Gambian People's Party31,60414.930New
National Convention PartyUnited Party3,2101.521
People's Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism2,0690.980New
Presidential appointees80
Paramount chiefs' representatives50
Attorney General (ex-officio)10
Registered voters/turnout262,59380.59
Source: Hughes & Perfect[2]


  1. Arnold Hughes & David Perfect (2006) A political history of the Gambia, 1816–1994, University of Rochester Press, p338
  2. Hughes & Perfect, p325
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