The low turn out for the election has prompted inevitable calls to make voting compulsory.
That would be an expensive waste of time and energy that would be better spent elsewhere.
I can think of a great deal many other useful ways to spend public money than on detecting and prosecuting people who don’t think or care enough to participate in the political process in this small but important way.
The apathy and ignorance here contrasts starkly to the lengths people go to in order to vote in other countries.
Early on Monday, queues formed outside polling stations in Cairo before the official opening time of 08:00 (06:00 GMT).
A high turnout was reported in many areas, and in places queues were said to have stretched up to 3km (two miles).
It is disturbing that people on the other side of the world are so keen to vote when many here simply couldn’t be bothered.
But that is no argument for compulsion. If we’re really free to vote we must also be free to not.