The Special Adviser to the Gambia’s President on Governance, Halifa Sallah has bemoaned the amendment of the age restriction in the Gambia’s constitution as ‘unconstitutional.”
Gambia’s parliament agreed to remove the clause that restricts senior citizens from becoming presidential aspirants and vice presidential picks.
The country’s President Adama Barrow found himself drowning in controversy after opposition activists say his vice presidential nominee, Fatoumata Tambajang was above the age of 65.
Although Mr. Sallah said it did not follow proceedure, the Interior Minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty who tabled the bill before the parliament said the Attorney General Aboubacarr Baa Tambadou was consulted.
Many have deplored the age limit as discriminatory and pro-democracy campaigners have demanded it be repealed.
Barrow has not made any public statments regarding the changes and his office continues to stay mute over the decision by the parliament.
The Barrow administration has said last month that Mrs. Tambajang had submitted documents to an oversight committee vetting cabinet nominees; and she had been cleared.