By Cherno Omar Bobb
IEC Chairman Alieu Momarr Njai
The Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Alieu Momar Njai
has re-assured Gambians that the delay in conducting the voter registration
exercise would not affect the electoral calendar as there is still room to conduct the
exercise on time.
“In 2011, the general registration of voters commenced in May and the presidential
election was held in November, which therefore means that the IEC is on course to
conduct a general registration of voters prior to the presidential election on 4
December 2021,” Mr. Njai explained in a press release issued Wednesday.
He explained that the logistical challenges the IEC is experiencing relate to
procurement of materials and equipment needed for the successful conduct of the
voter registration. He said the postponement of the process was due to lack of
clearance from the Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA), which he said
is required before the release of funds by the Ministry of Finance.
The IEC was due to commence voter registration on 14 January 2021 but earlier
this week announced the postponement of the process.