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You can draw hearts and write ‘I love you’ on ballots in Egypt’s elections

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You can draw hearts and write ‘I love you’ on ballots in Egypt’s elections

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The Presidential Election’s Committee has finally answered the demands of millions of Egyptians by permitting voters to draw love hearts and express their love for their candidates on their ballots.

According to Mr Abdel Aziz Salman, Secretary General of the Elections Committee, ballots cast today and tomorrow in Egypt’s 2014 Presidential Elections containing  love hearts and ‘I love you’ will not be found void.

However, the Secretary General, in an interview on live television, stated that voters must limit their drawings to the box of the candidate they are voting for: a voter cannot write ‘I love you’ in Hamdeen Sabahi’s box and also write ‘I hate you’ in Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s box (or vice-versa).

An Egyptian national in the UAE casts her ballot in the Egyptian Embassy in Dubai. Credit: AFP/Karim Sahib
An Egyptian national in the UAE casts her ballot in the Egyptian Embassy in Dubai. Credit: AFP/Karim Sahib

The Elections Committee also added that voters must not write their names on the ballot. For example, writing ‘Sisi is the man to lead Egypt – love Mahmoud,’ would be void.

It is unclear whether the messages you are permitted to write are limited to those of love and affection.

Egypt’s Presidential Elections are being contested by Former Military Chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Nasserist Politician Hamdeen Sabahi. The elections will be held from May 26 to May 27, with results announced by June 5.

A young girl talks to a solider as security forces prepare for elections. redit: Mohamed Abdel Ghany/Aswat Masriya
A young girl talks to a solider as security forces prepare for elections. redit: Mohamed Abdel Ghany/Aswat Masriya

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