Banjul mayor Rohey Malick Lowe has suffered a devastating defeat at the high court today. 

The court ruled that the mayor doesn’t have the power to issue voter attestation and that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) acted illegally by authorising her to issue attestation.

Gambia Participates, a civil society group, has brought the case to the high court. 

The group sued the mayor Rohey Lowe, the Independent Electoral Commission and the Attorney General challenging the legality of the mayor, a political appointee, to issue birth attestations to voters. 

The case was file amid a row that the mayor, a senior member of the opposition United Democratic Party, was issuing attestation to non-Banjulians. 

Mayor Lowe had denied any wrongdoing. 

This is a developing story. Gambiana will update as more information becomes available.  

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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