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Gambia's marble voting system

Published 10:44 AM ET, Thu December 1, 2016
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The unique voting system was introduced in the early 1960's to address the high level of illiteracy in the country. SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images
Each party competing in the election has a drum painted with its own identifying colors and their party symbol. SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images
Voters are issued a marble each, then proceed to the polling booth to vote. SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images
This system of voting was introduced to assure transparency. SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images
When a marble is dropped into the drum, it hits a bell which indicates a vote has just been cast. To prevent other sounds the drum has saw dust or sand inside. SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images
The system allows counting officials quickly ascertain the number of votes cast in each drum. SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images
More than 880,000 voters are expected to cast their ballots when this tiny west African nation goes to the polls. SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images
Counting is snappy as the marbles are poured from the ballot drum into a wooden tray with 200 or 500 holes. SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images