CAIRO: An independent candidate running for the second phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections has used a caged lion in his campaigning, Youm7 reported.
Candidate Saber Abu Khashaba has appeared at election rally Wednesday standing on top of a caged lion in his constituency of Sheben al Kom, south of Egypt’s Delta Governorate of Menoufia.
The lion is the electoral symbol assigned to Abu Khashaba by the High Election Committee (HEC) in October.
“I just wanted to match up with my symbol and present an off-the-beaten path way of campaigning,” Abu Khashaba was quoted by Youm7.
Abu Khashaba’s campaigning comes two days ahead of the electoral silence period for the second phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections which will start Friday at noon.
Voting for Egyptians abroad is scheduled to take place Nov. 21-22, while voting for Egyptians living within the country will take place Nov. 22-23.
A total of 230 electoral symbols have been assigned for candidates in the parliamentary election.
Egypt’s House of Representatives will comprise of 596 members, 448 to be elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, with 28 seats to be appointed by the president, the HEC announced in a news conference in September.