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Google Doodles Egyptian Elections

Search engine giant Google has dedicated a Doodle to mark Egypt's Election Day, the first since former President Hosni Mubarak was expelled from power after days of protests and rioting.

The Doodle, visible on Google's Egyptian search home page, features Google's letters depicting the entire election process, from standing in lines and casting the vote in ballot boxes.

The month long voting process began on November 28 in Cairo with the results set to be announced on January 13 in 2012. The Doodle might encourage people to exercise the right to vote after months of fighting for that very right.

Google has been praised by Egyptians and non-Egyptians alike for the Doodle and its efforts to make people aware of the election process and encourage them to vote for a new government.

"I find [the Goodle doodle] very significant to the new generation in Egypt that uses technology. We all know what Google is and what it means for them to give us some international attention. The majority of Egyptians still cant use the Internet or computers, but these tools are very effective because they help those who have basic knowledge to spread the information," Nasry Esmat, an Egyptian journalist living in New York told Mashable (opens in new tab).

Google has also been developing an election API which gives people access to locations were the voting will be held, profiles of candidates taking part in the election and allow mobile phone companies to develop mobile apps related to the elections.

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