Independent Candidate, Alhagie Mamadi Kurang
Independent Candidate, Marie Sock
Independent Candidate, Joseph Joof
Matthew Gomez, who later withdrew his candidature

Four presidential hopefuls for the December 4th elections were at the country’s electoral commission early visited  Saturday morning to submit papers for nominations ahead of the December polls.

Independent candidate Joseph Joof opened the day followed by Marie Sock who was asked by IEC officials to submit more documents to complete her nomination bid. Another Independent candiate in Alagie Mamady Kurang also made an appearance,  promising huge breakthroughs in the upcoming elections before the arrival of the 4th hopeful Mathew Gomez who withdrew his bid for nomination at the last minute.

“At the moment we need change, we need someone who understands the political, economic and social issues. I am a problem solver and I understand the economic problems,” Alhaji Mamadi Kurang told waiting journalists.

The first female presidential candidate, Marie Sock who was accompanied to the election house by his husband said: “I want to be a voice for every Gambian, it is only us that can make a change for us and our children. I was inspired by the struggle of my people. I am a mother, and if this is what I must do to help so be it.”

The criteria for nominations include a  Gambian citizenship and completion of High School among other conditions including  sworn asset declaration with a tax clearance certificate and a deposit sum of D10,000,  a symbol, colour and photograph and strict adherence to IEC Code of Campaign Ethics

“I will win these elections. I am very optimistic. Gambia needs a new breed of politicians, another candidate in Joseph Joof the first independent runner to file his nomination papers, told journalists.

The independent electoral commission has scheduled seven days, starting from Saturday October 30th to November 5th for the nomination process, which takes the country closer to its first elections in the post Jammeh era.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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