Gambiana

GDC calls for extension of voter registration days

Gambia Democratic Congress has called on the Independent Electoral Commission to extend the voter registration days to enable eligible Gambians to get registered.

In a statement signed by GDC leader Mamma Kandeh, said: “The Gambia Democratic Congress under the leadership of Hon. Mamma Kandeh wishes to call on the IEC to possibly extend the number of days allocated for the period of voter registration to enable every eligible Gambian who produces the right documents to get registered.”

Meanwhile, he said: “we must also be mindful not to register underage Gambians.

“The GDC Party as a stakeholder in the upcoming elections in The Gambia is quite worried about the recent reports of registration malpractices. It has therefore taken it upon itself to help ensure that the process is done in a fair and accurate manner to ensure all eligible Gambians are registered.

 “We would like to share our findings following a consultative survey on voter registration,” a statement from the party stated on 3rd June,” the statement added.

It said the voter registration process is very slow and frustrating for the would-be-electorates since its commencement in some of the areas in the country.

According to the statement, the GDC conducted a survey which revealed that some of the voter card printing machines are extremely weak and slow in the processing of voter registrations.

“The Gambia Democratic Congress under the leadership of Hon. Mamma Kandeh wishes to call on the IEC to possibly extend the number of days allocated for the period of voter registration to enable every eligible Gambian who produces the right documents to get registered. We must also be mindful not to register underage Gambians,” it said.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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