The National Assembly and council elections will ultimately be utilized by objective analysts to predict what would be the political landscape in the future. Out of the seven political parties which constituted the Coalition 2016 and the Independent members, five continued to support the presidency of the flagbearer of the Coalition after the end of his extended mandate in 2021.
In the National Assembly elections only the NRP and PPP put up candidates. The NRP was restricted to the five seats it had. The PPP was restricted to one seat. The other parties that supported the NPP did not participate. In the same vein, only two parties among those who gave their support in the presidential election participated in the National Assembly elections. APRC was restricted to two seats. Finally, only the APRC and NRP have seats in the National Assembly.
Now, questions are being raised as to whether any of the new parties will parties participate in the council elections. The PPP in defiance of the NPP has announced its readiness to participate in the council elections without any restriction.
The key battle will be between the NPP and UDP. The President did give support in the National Assembly and council elections. Now that there is separation it will be interesting to know what impact that separation will have on the results of the 2023 mayoral and council elections.
Foroyaa will follow the nomination and outcome of the election and will give a comprehensive analysis on the way forward to 2026.