FACT-CHECK: Were marbles to be used in voting too big to fit into the mouth of the iron-made drums?

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Ballot drums in which voters cast glass marbles in Saturday's general election (Photo Credit: IEC)
Ballot drums in which voters cast glass marbles in Saturday's general election (Photo Credit: IEC)

Claim: Marbles to be used in voting are too big to fit into the mouth of the drums

Source: Social media

Verdict: PARTLY TRUE

Researched by Vivian Adams

 

Gambia’s unique ballot drums. Photo Credit: IEC

Voters across the Gambia are casting their ballots today in a Presidential election that includes six(6) contesting candidates.

More than 960,000 eligible voters are expected to be part of a voting system very unique to the Gambia that includes using marbles to cast your vote by dropping it into iron-made drums (which serve as ballot boxes).

However, there are emerging concerns from some voters online that the marbles being used at some polling stations are too big to fit into the mouth of the iron-made drums.
A popular digital platform, The Fatu Network has mainstreamed the claim in a news article and posted it on the social media platform, Facebook.

Fact-Check
“The mouth of the drums are being widened so the marble can fit. We ordered a lot of new drums that’s why.” The Head of Communications at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Pa Makam Khan told FactSpace Gambia when contacted.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the concerns with the iron-made drums were isolated in a handful of polling stations and have been promptly resolved.
“Police officials stationed at the various polling stations were called upon to help make the adjustments,” Pa Makam Khan stated.

Verdict
The claim is TRUE.

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Sang Mendy, managing director of the Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJAC), is by default the head of Fact Check Gambia. Sang holds a BA in Journalism and Digital Media from the University of The Gambia. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication and a Higher Teachers Certificate. Prior to being the manager, he worked as a journalism trainer and a radio producer. Sang spends his spare time mentoring the young.

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