Tuesday, May 17, 2022

IEC Uncovers 2,996 Double Registrations

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By Nelson Manneh

The Director of communications at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Pa Khan has yesterday informed this medium that they (IEC) have detected two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six (2,996) voters who have registered twice or more during the 2021 general registration of voters.

“We all know that this is against the law, but because the IEC has the power to give amnesty to such people, we will remove their names on the other registration centres and allow their names to appear on the list of the last centre they registered,” he said.

Khan said the last thing that the IEC will do is to take anybody to court. “We know it is an offence, but it is not in our interest to start taking people to court because they registered more than once”.

Director Khan also informed Foroyaa that they did not receive any objection or application from the public regarding the 2021 general registration of voters.

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“We were expecting a lot of application or objections from the public because during the registration process, we received a lot of complaints. Some people were saying that the process was not fair, so we were expecting them to make objections for the revising courts to settle the cases,” he said.

With regards to the issuance of attestations by the Mayor of Banjul Rohey Malick Lowe, the Director of communication said the normal courts cannot determine whether someone should vote or not. “It is only the revising courts that can determine that. We were expecting those individuals who raised the Mayor’s issue in court to object to the process at the revising courts but they did not, meaning those people who got their voters cards through attestations will automatically vote.”

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