They may not have received the blanket coverage of the US election, but the presidential election in Ecuador is in full swing. And it's weird.

A bunch of young Ecuadorians attempted to enter Senor Burro - 'Mr Donkey' - into the ballot on Thursday. Unfortunately, they weren't allowed.

Arriving at an electoral office with the donkey, police refused the animal entry, saying: "Allowing [the donkey] to come in would be disrespectful to the National Electoral Council."

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Senor Burro pictured shortly before a rousing stump speech and baby kissing event

The donkey was put forward as a stunt, a reminder to Ecuadorian voters of the importance of choosing the right candidate.

The, err, Mr Donkey 'support group leader' Daniel Molina said: "What we simply want, on behalf of all the youth here, is to make a call to people to raise consciousness about voting."

The real question is: Would the donkey have earned more votes than any of the PCC election candidates? Or even won the Corby by-election? Sadly, we'll never know.