[News] Lenin Again Wins Ecuador's Presidential Race After Recount
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Lenin Again Wins Ecuador's Presidential Race After Recount
April 18, 2017
Ecuador's National Electoral Council President Juan Pablo Pozo reported
that Tuesday's recount
of the ballots that had inconsistencies during the April 2 presidential
run-off election was completed, with Alianza Pais candidate Lenin Moreno
again winning the vote.
The result of the recount culminated with more votes for leftist Moreno,
while the right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso, of the CREO-SUMA
coalition, obtained fewer votes. Moreno obtained 51.15 percent of the
votes on April 2, but in today's recounted got 51.16 percent. Lasso went
from 48.85 percent to 48.84 percent.
Denouncing opposition claims of fraud, Pozo said the recount was
historic and fully transparent. The head of the CNE also said that the
recount was "100 percent of ballot objections. There is no random and
proportional count here. This is the count of the ballots that the
political organizations presented."
The recount, which took place at the Rumiñahui General Coliseum in the
capital of Quito, had more than three thousand people and 24 delegates
from international observation missions.
A total of 3,865 ballots were reviewed, which represent 1,275,450 votes,
or 11.2 percent of the total votes across the country and abroad. These
are the ballots that both Alianza Pais and CREO-SUMA presented
documentation and legal complaints against.
CNE officials completed the scanning process of the recounted ballots
and added the reports to the final tally. The process was open to the
public and included the presence of political parties, military and
police and international observers.
The CNE counted vote by vote if the ballots had inconsistencies, meaning
the sum did not add up to the official transcripts, or that a member of
the voting table didn't sign the final report.
Paul Salazar, CNE member, said the presence of local and international
observers from the Association of World Election Bodies, the
Organization of American States and the Union of South American Nations,
as well as political parties ensure the process was transparent.
"We have moved forward on all the appeals presented by both parties, in
a transparent way," Salazar told teleSUR. "We want political parties to
be certain and confident that above all the will of the Ecuadoreans
expressed in their vote is respected," said Salazar.
Despite the opposition requesting the recount after losing the
elections, they failed to send any delegates to observe the process. A
group of around 20 supporters of candidate Guillermo Lasso were outside
the coliseum shouting and blocking traffic.
"I know they're outside, unfortunately, they should be here, seeing that
the process has been going on without any problems," said Salazar.
Banker-turned-candidate Lasso also alleged there was electronic fraud
during the elections and that he wouldn't accept the results, despite
the rest of Latin America, as well as the OAS, already having done so.
Lasso says he wants all the votes from the election, even those without
inconsistencies, to be counted again.
Ricardo Valverde, an observer from the Inter-American Union of Electoral
Bodies, said the observers had the opportunity to be in contact with all
political parties and ensure their technical work.
"We have been in all the phases, since the first round and we reiterate
the certainty that the actions of the National Electoral Council have
been adequate," Valverde told teleSUR.
Pozo added during the opening ceremony of the recount process, "No one
can be misinformed, we have nothing to hide here. This false myth of
fraud is an attack against the dignity of a whole country."
Pozo said last week that CREO had presented an appeal to nullify the
elections and even wanted the recount process to be suspended.
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