By Adama Tine
The Chairman of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), Alieu Momar Njai has warned party agents against interference in the voter registration process, reiterating however that the commission has not asked those agents assigned to registration centers not to record particulars of people issued with voters’ cards.
Speaking to Mamos Media, Chairman Njai said the commission’s call for party agents to refrain from taking any voter’s cards from people to write down details of the card does not necessarily mean they cannot record the details of persons they suspect are not eligible to be registered.
“No agent has been denied to monitor the process. What happens is that some of them were abusing the process. No one is stopping them from writing down the names of people who have been issued voter’s cards. Now if you want to object to anybody’s registration you should write the person’s name and follow due process after the registration,” Njai told Mamos.
He said agents should keep in mind that at the end of the voter registration, the commission will publish the names and particulars of those who have been issued voter’s cards. He therefore warned that such interference by political party agents in the registration process would not be tolerated.
However, reacting to the statement, the United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Ousainu Darboe said such restrictions could undermine the fairness of the upcoming elections.