Women without face on the electoral posters in Algeria

Parties in Algeria, precisely in Bordj Bou Arreridj Province, had been showing hijabs surrounding blank spaces alongside photos of male candidates.

On Tuesday the election authorities gave parties two days to display photos or be removed from the vote, BBC reports. An official said the practice was illegal. “This kind of encroachment is dangerous; it is not legal and it opposes all laws and traditions,” said Hassan Noui of the Independent High Authority for Election Monitoring (HIISE). “It is every citizen’s right to know whom he will vote for.”

Algeria is ranked 120th out of 140th countries, according to the Global Gender Gap Report del 2016 by the World Economic Forum.