By Adama Tine
The Gambia’s only female presidential aspirant who was on Saturday disqualified by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed that she has both citizenship of the Gambia and the United States of America, but blaming that delay from the US Embassy in renouncing her American citizenship resulted to her being disqualified by the IEC.
Speaking in a video shared on her Facebook page, Ms Sock clarified that one has to be a Gambian citizen exclusively to be a presidential candidate as required under the Gambian law.
“To meet this requirement, I contacted the American Embassy in the Gambia last year, and again this year on several occasions for the purpose of renouncing my American citizenship. I appealed to a senior US Embassy official to accept my renunciation, to begin the process.”
However, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the US Embassy was not conducting any services except in emergency cases.”
She explained that she contacted the Embassy again as she felt her situation was qualified as an emergency case but was told that the Embassy was undergoing renovations and could not grant her request.
“They did not consider the matter a priority. I have been asking for further updates without any resolution. I have not been able to arrange a meeting for some reason. The officials at the Embassy were not available to grant me a meeting,” she remarked.