Halifa V. Mayor Lowe Round 2: The Battle Of Tobacco Road!

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Halifa V. Mayor Lowe Round 2: The Battle Of Tobacco Road! 

Editor Mbai, 

Comrade Halifa is onto something here … and he is on a war-path! I have seen him like this only twice before: during Jammeh’s crazy “Witch-hunt” some ten years ago and during the Impasse. Halifa gallantly won on both occasions. I think the Mayor of Banjul and the IEC Chairman are best advised to take Halifa’s legitimate concerns seriously! And in Comrade Halifa’s words below stop “Posturing”! 

Both Halifa’s piece and the Mayor’s response are below. THE MAIN ISSUE, of course, is whether a politician, a contestant, should decide who should and should not vote; that, as one reader pointed out last week, is likebeing a referee in a football game in which you are playing. Refereeing in this case is the task of the IEC.

Dida Jallow-Halake. 

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Foroyaa: QUESTION OF THE DAY – 4 June 2021

Banjul is a city with street names and compound numbers. A voter’s card was brought to the notice of Foroyaa with no street name or compound number. The address is just put as Tobacco Road. Foroyaa will accompany the voter to the IEC for an explanation.

IEC should read the book entitled, ‘Electoral Law Reform in The Gambia, Past, Present and Future Prospect’ to see the evidence provided during election petition hearings of corrupt registration practices which were accepted by the courts.

Those who are willing to be bribed to fraudulently register in Banjul would have their pictures published when the lists are displayed.

The youth of Banjul should be ready to help Foroyaa to publish the names of all those who are fraudulently registered in Tobacco Road so that the revising court will set new standard for transparency and accountability in registration of voters.

Those who are bent on committing political suicide should engage in fraudulent registration.

Foroyaa is going to the drawing board this weekend to strategise (Council of War – Dida) on how to hold those involved in attestations accountable for any wrong doing.

The Mayoress of Banjul is still posturing as Alkalo or Seyfo in attesting for claimants. The Local Government Act is clear on the office of Mayor / Mayoress, Alkalo and Seyfo.

Common sense  cannot be a substitute to the law. Let the law be read and interpreted correctly.

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Mayor’s Response Courtesy of Fatunetwork:

‘You can go to court’: Mayor Rohey Lowe fires back at critics 

JUNE 4, 2021

Mayor of Banjul Rohey Malick Lowe has reacted to criticism she is not the right person to give attestation to Gambians in the capital city.

The voter registration exercise has commenced ahead of the December presidential election and Gambians who do not have a passport or an ID card have been increasing turning to alkalolu and chiefs for attestation to be able to get a voter’s card.

In Banjul, there are no alkalolu and the mayor is the person in charge of attestation but the arrangement has sparked controversy.

But the mayor said on Thursday: “No one can bring me a foreigner and expect me to give him attestation. I will not do it today, I will not do it tomorrow.

“If I look at you and is satisfied you’re born here or live here, I will give it to that person. But if I look at you and realize you’re not a Gambian, I will not give it to you. If anyone is not happy, you can pick it up with the IEC. This country has laws. You can go to court.

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