Ecuador to conduct partial recount in disputed presidential polls

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Electoral physique orders partial recount after assembly between two presidential candidates nonetheless vying for second place.

Ecuador’s high electoral physique has stated it’s going to conduct a partial recount of February 7 presidential polls after a request from two candidates nonetheless preventing for second place.

Indigenous activist Yaku Perez and right-wing former banker Guillermo Lasso filed a request for the recount on Friday, because the race to affix economist Andres Arauz in an April presidential runoff stays too near name.

Diana Atamaint, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), stated there can be “a recount of 100 percent of the votes in the Guayas province”, essentially the most populous province within the nation.

She stated 50 p.c of the votes in 16 different provinces would even be recounted.

“Once the review process is finished, the final announcement of the results will be made,” Atamaint stated in a press release.

“We are firmly going to defend the electoral process that we prepared with great affection, responsibility but above all with transparency.”

2021 02 12T191240Z 2059223044 RC27RL949U7F RTRMADP 3 ECUADOR ELECTIONPresidential candidate Guillermo Lasso gestures throughout a gathering with Yaku Perez on the Electoral National Council in Quito, Ecuador, on February 12 [Cecilia Puebla/Reuters]

Perez and Lasso agreed to the recount in a gathering that included observers from the Organization of American States (OAS), which final week urged Ecuadorians to point out persistence because the votes had been being counted.

The assertion didn’t say how lengthy the recount course of would take.

With 99.99 p.c of the votes counted by Friday, Perez had 19.38 p.c of the vote, simply behind Lasso, who acquired 19.74 p.c.

“We are convinced that now, with transparency, we will recover many votes,” stated Perez, after the assembly on the electoral council. “It was worth the fight.”

Arauz, a protege of former President Rafael Correa, secured 32.44 p.c of the votes and can participate within the runoff.

As many as 16 candidates took half within the presidential contest, which came about amid widespread discontent over the nation’s dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic and coronavirus-related financial downturn.

Perez’s supporters have camped out exterior the places of work of the electoral physique after he advised – with out proof – that “fraud” was happening.

The nation’s outgoing president, Lenin Moreno, who didn’t search re-election, on Wednesday urged the CNE to launch correct outcomes rapidly. “The country needs the results, but also the total confidence in those results,” he stated.

The OAS and the US State Department have additionally known as on Ecuadorians to point out persistence because the electoral course of continues.

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