Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate

November 17, 2012 9:42:52 PM



QUITO, Ecuador -- The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature. 


At least 40 people paraded their candidate through the city's streets to the electoral council offices. Mr. Donkey even wore a tie. But officials refused to let them in the door on Thursday, though backers had dummied up a mock voter registration card showing the candidate's photo superimposed on a man wearing a business suit. 


Donkey backer Daniel Molina told local television stations the goal was to call voters' attention to the seriousness of the February election, not to insult any party.