Amid Controversy, CSOs Coalition Urges IEC To In

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Amid looming legal battle in Banjul, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on election have Wednesday urged the country’s electoral body to step forward and shine a light on the issue of attestations being issued by the city Mayoress Rohie Malick Lowe.

“The major challenge confronting the registration process is the issuance of attestation,” Lamin Jahateh told a group of reporters during a press conference held at TANGO headquarter in Kanifing.

On May 29, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) began the general voter registration exercise which is supposed to last 42 days. The process has been going on smoothly as the electoral body is making giant strides to reach one million registered voters.

The Coalition urged Gambian authorities to continue providing the enabling environment without which a peaceful electoral process will not become a reality.

On the ‘contentious’ issue of attestation being given by Mayor Lowe, Jahateh reiterated the CSOs position and said it is necessary that the IEC comes out publicly to clarify a good number of issues

Addressing political parties, he went on to remind them that they have to make sure their agents have the ability to co-operate with IEC officials

“Political parties should train their agents to encourage them to sensitive their militants,” he said while indicating that they have to invest in their militants.

When asked about a possible revocation of attestations already issued by the Mayoress, Madi Jobarteh, who also spoke to journalists, continued to kep the suspense alive…

Written by Abdoulie John

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