How did Gambia’s president lose his marbles?

The West African nation just held a landmark presidential election, but instead of ballots, they cast their votes with marbles. Here’s how they did it, in seven photos.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The tiny African country voted against maintaining the 22-year long reign of "His Excellency Sheikh, Professor, al-Haji, Doctor Yahya AJJ Jammeh."

Gambia just voted in a new leader after 22 years under the control of  "His Excellency Sheikh, Professor, al-Haji, Doctor Yahya AJJ Jammeh". Here's how the nation cast their 'ballot'.

Gambians registered at polling stations throughout the tiny West African Nation. Each voter was given a single marble to cast their vote. (Reuters)

The voters deposited their marble into one of three metal canisters, each one plastered with a candidates photo. (Reuters)

An election official then placed plastic zip-tie seals on the 'ballot boxes' to prevent tampering, before they were transported to an Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) office. (Reuters)

At the IEC office, the canisters were opened and the marbles dumped into carrier crates destined for the counting office. (Reuters)

Each marble was then placed by hand into counting trays. (Reuters)

Each tray was set up in a 10 x 20 grid and held 200 marbles total. (Reuters)

The president of Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission, Alieu Momarr Mjiar, announced the presidential election results on Friday. The winner of the marble count was president-elect Adama Barrow. (Reuters)


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