The discovery of multiple, apparently genuine blank voter’s cards in trash cans around the Kanifing municipality is of serious concern to The Gambia For All (GFA) Party. While giving them the benefit of doubt, the explanation being offered by high-ranking IEC officials is neither convincing nor reassuring. The matter cannot be trivialized as just a case of the organization getting rid of obsolete material.
Whether they know it or not, these are confidential and sensitive national documents that do not belong to trash cans in people’s backyards. They are blank voter’s cards with the signature of the current chairman of the IEC. In the era of modern photoshop technology, it would not be unreasonable to assume that the cards have been used or could be used for sinister purposes.
National elections are a serious matter for any democracy; and every effort must be made by people entrusted with the conduct of such an onerous task to be mindful of the consequences of their failure to act professionally, diligently, and fairly. We hope and expect the matter will be independently investigated to clear doubt in the minds of voters and all stakeholders.