Claim: “Pre-marked ballot papers were identified at Williams V. S. Tubman High School within district #8 with precinct code 30348.” A news media outlet, Today Liberia TV, made this claim.
Verdict: Misleading! Pre-marked ballot papers were not discovered at Williams V. S. Tubman High School in District #8 with precinct code 30348.
A media outlet, Today Liberia TV, posted on its official Facebook page pictures suggesting that pre-marked ballot papers have been identified at one of the Polling Precincts in District #8 Montserrado County. The platform claimed that the incident happened at the William VS Tubman High School with precinct Code 30348.
To verify this claim, our fact-checker visited the exact polling precinct and interviewed poll watchers from both the main opposition Unity Party (UP) and the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), who, in separate remarks, denied anything of such taking place at their precinct.
Augustine Yengbeh, the poll watcher of the Unity Party, said, “No pre-marked ballot papers were discovered here today. I have been here since the start of the entire process until now. I have not heard or seen anything of such.”
His comments were backed by his counterpart from the ruling CDC, who didn’t disclose his name.
However, there is another school within the vicinity, A. Glen Elementary School, with precinct code 30349, that had such a situation. According to the observers of the Unity Party, James Teah, they discovered pre-marked ballot papers during the process, but it was removed from the rest of the papers and destroyed.