By Nelson Manneh
Musa Cham, the councilor for London Corner Ward, Kanifing Municipality, has engaged voters in his ward to acquire voter’s cards to be able to participate in the 2021 presidential and subsequent elections.
Councilor Cham walked from one compound to another to engage Gambians, especially youth to register as it is part of their constitutional right to vote and be voted- which he said starts with getting a voter’s card.
“Since the general registration of voters started, I took the task of engaging my people to get registered. Elections are one of the most important activities in a country because it is when we have the opportunity to elect someone who we entrust to our country too and this happens after every five years,” he said.
Cham said the registration process at his ward is free and fair, saying no case of malpractice has been reported so far.
Ya-Fatou Jagne, a native of London Corner, said the IEC should extend the closing date of the registration process.
“The duration is small when compared to the target voters IEC wants to register,” she said.
Madam Jagne said the IEC should go to the various markets within Kanifing Municipality and sensitize them in order for them to register.
“There are some people who want to register but they prefer going to the market to do their petty trades than to get their voters’ cards,” he said.
At the Serrekunda market, some women confess to this reporter that they have not registered yet.
“We know that the process is free but some of us live from hand to mouth, we have to go to the market first before putting food on the table,” they said.