Invalid votes believed to be form of protest

Election commissioners say the number of invalid votes in the weekend elections was exceptionally high and may have been a form of protest on the part of disgruntled voters. Statistics reveal that the number of invalid votes was double the number in past years in several regions and analysts are linking it to calls made by a number of public initiatives who advised people to go to the polls but to invalidate their vote by casting an empty envelope or ripping up the ballot sheet.