QUESTION OF THE DAY
There are eighteen political parties in the country but five participated in the presidential elections as standard bearers of coalitions. It is not clear whether they will do the same in the National Assembly elections or put up candidates under their parties. If that happens NPP would not be able to have a majority in the national assembly. The National Assembly will be fragmented in party representation without any one party having absolute majority in the assembly. This scenario would give rise to a National Assembly that would require members to rise above partisan interest to promote the national interest. Hence the Gambian voter risks having a National Assembly where partisan interests may obstruct the performance of the assembly if they elect people on partisan basis. Their duty is to elect representatives who will put everything else above their own interest. Such people will be able to put partisan interest aside and foster the national interest.