POLITICS
16/11/2012 05:44 GMT

Ecuadorians Try But Fail To Enter Donkey As Election Candidate (VIDEO)

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.