Gambia counts marble votes in first post-Jammeh . election

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BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Election officials in the West African nation of Gambia began counting votes in marble after ballots closed for the first presidential election in decades without a vote. Former dictator Yahya Jammeh is the candidate. The vote is being seen as a test of democracy in the West African country. Gambian people came to vote in high numbers. Nearly 1 million registered voters are expected to drop marbles into one of six ballot boxes, each emblazoned with a candidate’s face and name. They include incumbent President Adama Barrow, who defeated Jammeh in 2016. Many Gambians are still dissatisfied with the progress Barrow’s government has made in the fight against poverty and corruption. Gambia counts marble votes in first post-Jammeh . election


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