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IEC explains comments on party agents

By Omar Bah

IEC chairman Alieu Momarr Njai has said the commission has not asked party agents assigned to registration centres not to record the particulars of people issued with voter’s cards.

In a statement issued on Monday, the commission warned that interference by political party agents in the registration process for a voter’s card would not be tolerated.

The statement was condemned by the UDP leader Ousainu Darboe who said such restrictions could undermine the fairness of the upcoming elections.

However, speaking to The Standard yesterday, Chairman Njai said the commission’s call for party agents to refrain from taking any voter’s card from people to write down the details of the card does not necessarily mean they cannot record the details of persons they suspect are not eligible to be registered.

“No agent has been denied to monitor the process. What happens is that some of them were abusing the process. No one is stopping them from writing down the names of people who have been issued voter’s cards. Now if you want to object to anybody’s registration you should write the person’s name and follow due process after the registration,” Njai told The Standard.

He said agents should keep in mind that at the end of the voter registration, the commission will publish the names and particulars of those who have been issued voter’s cards.

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