The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that many people are already turning up for voter registration across the country, just a few days into the process.
In Banjul, 6659 people have been registered, the majority being female voters. In Kanifing Municipal 45, 453 Voters, in Brikama 60, 636, Kerewan 9,815, Mansakonko 22, 193, Janjanbureh 24, 747 and Basse 22, 006 People as been registered.
So far, the majority of people registered for the new voter cards are females. However, the voter registration process will come to an end on 11th July 2021.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this year’s voter registration process ranging from Alkaloship attestations and the issuance of voters card to non-Gambians, among other things.
IEC argues that all qualified Gambians can apply for the new voter’s card at their various registration centers across the country. Therefore, the electoral body invites Gambians to apply for the voter card at their place of residence or birth rather than going to a registration center other than where they live or were born.
The IEC is expected to register more than 800,000 first-time voters for this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections. Over 1,000 registration centers are available across the country.
The fate of the diaspora voter registration is still in limbo.