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IEC warns parties against interference in registration

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By Tabora Bojang

The Independent Electoral Commission has warned that interference by political party agents in the registration process for a voter’s card would not be tolerated.

“Political party agents at registration centres are hereby warned to refrain from taking any voter’s card from people to write down the details of the card,” the election commission said in a statement signed by its chairman Alieu Momarr Njai, adding that invitation to a party agent is a privilege and agents who fail to comply with the IEC regulations would be sent away from the registration centres.

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It comes following reports of registration irregularities at a polling station in Mankamang Kunda, the president’s home village where alleged supporters of the National People’s Party clashed with a GDC agent over fraud allegations.

“A party agent is to observe and note down any observation on the voter registration for submission to his or her party. A party agent must not interfere, disrupt, and obstruct the registration process. He or she must not influence, induce, entice any applicant to register to coerce, threaten, intimidate and bar applicants for registration,” the IEC warned.

Only one party agent is allowed at a registration centre at any point in time who should liaise with the IEC supervisor to collect any information at an appropriate time, it stated.

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