Everywhere I went in the Fes medina, I saw these numbered boxes painted on the walls. I had no idea what they were all about until later.
I learned that these are election boxes. Morocco has a multi-party political system and each party is assigned a numbered box. I think I saw as many as twenty numbered boxes! Campaign posters are officially limited to these spaces so parties cannot plaster their campaign notices over just any available surface.
Some parties have iconic symbols that represent them so instead of posters, they use spray paint and stencils to paint the image of their party’s symbol on the wall. I was particularly curious about the symbols; many looked like hieroglyphics to me and I wondering what kind of campaign message they were intending to convey. Perhaps in a country where nearly 40 percent of the population is illiterate, using a symbol to just remind people the party is active and running goes a long way.