Madam Marie Sock

Marie Sock Jorbateh, the first Gambian woman ever to file nomination papers to contest in a presidential election, has made a last-minute plea to Gambians to vote massively for UDP in Saturday’s crucial polls.

Marie endorsed Darboe after 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 the IEC.

“I encourage all UDP members, supporters, and even undecided voters to use this picture and hashtag in order to assure our candidate with our votes and voices. In few days, myself and United Democratic Party electorate will go to the polls to elect His Excellency Alhaji Ousainu NumuKunda Darboe as the 4th President, Commander in Chief of The Gambian Armed Forces. He is the leader with a clear vision to steer our country’s affairs for the next five years.
I am pleading to all Gambians to vote for UDP. The movement of change.
As you cast your vote for the UDP, you have chosen the best candidate for the top job which is His Excellency Alhaji Ousainu NumuKunda Darboe,” she said in a statement 2 days before voting begins in Banjul.

She added: “Your choice for choosing UDP should be known to the world, which is your belief in our candidate’s ability to transform the Gambia for our future for the majority of Gambians are still struggling to have access to basic social services such as free quality education, quality health care, adequate skill centers, clean drinking water, electricity, and wages.
Choose a UDP leader who is more capable to govern our beloved country in an inclusive, participatory manner and in our collective interest. It’s your right to choose and vote for the UDP leader as your candidate, regardless of your political affiliations. One man, one vote, give that vote to UDP for a better Gambia for all.”

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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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