By Adama Tine
Reacting to the ongoing controversy over the issuance of voter attestation by the Mayor of Banjul, Rohey Malick Lowe, members of ‘The Gambia For 5 Years and Peace Building’ on Tuesday held a press conference to raise their concerns over the matter.
The Secretary General of the organization, Ebrima Sorrie Bah alleged that Mayor Lowe went outside her jurisdiction to offer attestation to non-Banjulians with the view to giving more power to the United Democratic Party’s support base in her capacity as a UDP-elected mayor.
“IEC is 100% complicit to all the irregularities happening in the country as far as voter registration is concerned because as custodians of voter registration, they should have made sure that the process is highly transparent and corresponds to the dictates of the constitution.We are seriously surprised to see the IEC allow such an unconstitutionality to happen in this country by allowing a mayor voted in by a particular political party issuing voter attestation,” he noted.
Bah on behalf of his organisation condemned both the IEC and the Mayor Lowe and urged them to cease from the act. He further urged IEC to avoid anything that could spark controversy in the country.
Bah also called on the IEC to resort to traditional and consensus means by consulting both Muslim and Christian religious leaders in Banjul as it has elders who could safeguard the voter registration irregularities happening right now.
“We are also concerned over the ill-equipped and limited IEC staff on the ground who may not be able to reach the projected voter registration,” he said, adding that the IEC should redouble their efforts to make sure they increase the number of staff on the ground.
“It is disheartening to understand that only one polling team from the IEC is handling voter registration in such large towns like Brufut as well as Basse, which will move to another polling center after 15 days,” he noted.