The Egyptian authorities say they’ll refer more than 50 million voters for prosecution, because they failed to cast their ballots in a recent Senate election.
The electoral commission’s decision was a response to the poor turnout. Only 14% of voters took part.
Egyptians can be fined up to $32 (£24) for failing to participate in elections. But analyst say it’s unlikely the announcement of possible prosecutions will actually lead to trials for vast numbers of people, and there’s been some mockery of the decision on social media.