You’ll be surprised to see the ballot papers and election posters in Egypt. They are way too different from the ones used around the world.

Because of so many illiterate voters in Egypt (over 50% of the population), local politicians have to pick some of the weirdest symbols to help people choose the right party. Political parties are likened to a toothbrush, bananas, cameras, tanks, umbrellas and other recognisable objects so that voters could select their parliament by marking their ballot papers correctly.

 

Lining up to vote

 

Symbol: Lantern

 

Symbol: Cash Register

 

Symbol: …And another lantern

 

Symbol: The bicycle

 

 

 

Symbol: The tooth brush

 

Symbol: Flowery Challenger

 

Symbol:  And yet another lantern

 

Symbol: The onion (probably a family photo)

 

Symbol: The balance

 

Symbol: The tennis racket

 

Symbol: The pyramid

 

Symbol: The chair

 

Symbol: The Bus

 

Symbol: The prehistoric train

 

Symbol: The basket ball

 

Symbol: The basket ball and the net

 

Symbol: The banana

 

Symbol: The mango

 

Symbol: The house

 

Symbol: The Victorian transistor

 

The ballots