MADRID, 21 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
This Sunday morning the Plenary of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE) has proclaimed the official results of the first round of the presidential elections held on February 7 with Andrés Arauz and Guillermo Lasso as the most voted candidates and, therefore, those who will meet in the second round on April 11.
According to official data, Andrés Arauz, from the progressive Union for Hope (Unes), has obtained 3,033,753 votes (32.72 percent), while the conservative Guillermo Lasso, from the CREO-Christian Social Party alliance (CREO -PSC), has won 1,830,045 votes (19.74 percent), slightly ahead of the indigenous candidate, Yaku Pérez, of the Pachakutik movement (1,797,445 votes, 19.39 percent).
The secretary of the CNE, Santiago Vallejo, has appeared at a press conference to report the results, against which there is now an appeal through previously established channels. Precisely Pérez had agreed with Lasso a partial recount when he was ahead of him in the provisional results, but with the final results, Lasso has withdrawn from the petition, which has provoked protests from indigenous organizations.
With these results, Arauz and Lasso “go to the second electoral round on April 11 in accordance with the provisions of article 89 of the Code of Democracy,” a proclamation approved with four votes in favor of the councilors Diana Atamaint, Enrique Pita , José Cabrera and Luis Verdesoto. Counselor Esthela Acero was absent. The four councilors were present at the National Public Scrutiny Hearing held at 23:00 on Saturday and which was suspended at 2:36 on Sunday.
During the session, the Plenary of the CNE did not accept Pérez’s request to suspend the scrutiny and carry out a recount of 100 percent of the votes in Guayas and 50 percent in 16 other provinces. According to the electoral calendar, the start of the campaign for the second round starts on March 16.
However, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Comptroller’s Office have already expressed their intention to carry out a review of the electoral computer system and Pérez and the indigenous organizations and social movements that support him have launched a march on Quito that is expected to arrive in the capital next Tuesday to demand a recount of the votes.