Marie Sock Jobarteh

Independent presidential aspirant Marie Sock Jobarteh has reportedly joined the United Democratic Party, UDP, and endorsed Lawyer Ousainou Darboe for President in the Dec 4, 2021 elections, The Alkamba Times can report.

She is expected to make this public in an announcement soon, multiple sources have told Alkamba Times.

Sock in an interview with the Fatu Network early Monday evening announced that she intends to be a candidate in the next presidential election in 2026.

Last week, she made history as the first female Gambian ever to file nomination papers to contest in a presidential election.

The IEC scuttled her bid to be a candidate in the Dec 4, 2021 presidential election.

She was one of the 15 aspirants whose nomination papers were rejected by he IEC.

It would be recalled that the IEC over the weekend announced that only six out of the 21, who submitted their nomination papers, were deemed qualified to participate in the election.

The reason given for her rejection was that “she did not fulfill the legal requirement, and did not submit the assets declaration.”

However, Sock also has dual nationality, being a citizen of both The Gambia and the United States.

Gambia’s constitution says a person with dual nationality is not qualified to contest in the country’s presidential elections.

Meanwhile, Sock was among the rejected aspirants trooping to State House, all of whom, except Sock, have reportedly endorsed Adama Barrow’s candidacy.

On Monday, Alkamba Times reported that Marie Sock held closed door meetings with President Adama Barrow at State House in Banjul.

“Yes, I can tell you the big man had closed door meetings with Independent candidate Marie Sock twice at State house.

“The outcome of the meeting is not clear to me, but I was told Marie refused Barrow’s offer,” one source with knowledge of the meeting told The Alkamba Times.

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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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