Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate

Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate
People lead a donkey named "Mr. Donkey" to the National Electoral Council in hopes of registering him to run for a seat on the National Assembly in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Thursday, Nov. 15 2012. (AP Photo/Diario Expreso)
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — 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. Burro even wore a tie. But officials refused to even let them in the door on Thursday, even 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.