Ecuador: Alianza Pais Leads in Preliminary Results for National Assembly

With 63.5 percent of the vote in, Ecuador’s leftist Alianza Pais is leading the preliminary results for the National Assembly with 38.47 percent, while main opponent and banker Guillermo Lasso’s right-wing party Creo-Suma has 21.65 percent.

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Presidential front-runner Lenin Moreno with President Rafael Corea. | Photo: Presidency

Even with the likely support of Cynthia Viteri’s Social Christian party, with 13.40 percent, the right wing would not have a majority in congress. The Democratic Left, of presidential candidate and retired general Paco Moncayo, obtained 4.13 percent.

The partial count of the provincial assembly members advances with different percentages, but Alianza Pais leads in 16 of the 24 provinces and districts.

Besides the presidential and legislative elections, Ecuadoreans also voted Sunday on a pioneering referendum on tax havens asking whether voters agreed with a proposal to ban elected officials and public servants from holding wealth in offshore tax havens. With just over 27 percent of the referendum votes counted Monday morning, the “Yes” vote led with 54.02 percent over 45.98 percent for the “No” side.

Moreno and his ally President Rafael Correa both campaigned for a “Yes” vote, while Lasso — tied to an offshore account revealed in the Panama Papers — supported the “No.”

With just over 88 percent of votes counted in Ecuador’s election as of Monday, front-runner for Alianza Pais Lenin Moreno led the presidential race with 39.11 percent of the vote, bringing him closer to the 40 percent threshold that he needs to avoid a second round.

Lasso trailed more than 10 percent behind the presidential favorite with 28.31 percent.

Ecuador’s National Electoral Council announced Monday that Ecuadoreans should expect to wait three days for the results to be finalized to confirm whether or not the presidential election will go to a second round between the two front-runners. If Moreno doesn’t achieve 40 percent, he will face Lasso in a runoff vote on April 2.

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Bomb Threat at Ecuador Leftist HQ As Intl Observers OK Election

The headquarters of Alianza Pais in Quito under bomb threat.

Police and special forces in Ecuador’s capital of Quito condoned off the area around the headquarters of the ruling party Alianza Pais after receiving a bomb threat, said teleSUR correspondent Christian Salas.

Earlier, Ecuador’s National Electoral Council headquarters were evacuated in the face of threats from opposition protesters to take over the building because of its discontent with the electoral results that give AP’s Lenin Moreno the lead so far.


At the headquarters of @35PAIS the Ecuadorean police, firefighters and anti-bomb forces are securing the area after a bomb threat. | Photo: teleSUR

Although international observers from the Union of South American Nations and the Organization of American States verified and highlighted transparency in the electoral process, the right-wing forces led by Guillermo Lasso and his vice presidential candidate, Andres Paez, have alleged fraud and have called upon their followers to take over the CNE offices, inciting violence.

Moreno leads the vote with 39.12 percent while banker Lasso of the CREO coalition is in second with 28.32 percent. In a special interview for teleSUR, Moreno highlighted AP’s advantage over Lasso in Sunday’s presidential elections, “We have had a high voter turnout (for AP) from the beginning of election day on Sunday.”

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Ecuador’s Left-Wing Presidential Front-Runner on Brink of Avoiding Runoff Election

With 95 percent of votes counted in Ecuador’s election as of Tuesday, left-wing front-runner Lenin Moreno leads the presidential race with 39.24 percent of the vote, bringing him close to the 40 percent threshold that he needs to avoid a second round.

Moreno’s closest contender, former banker Guillermo Lasso of the right-wing CREO party, trailed more than 10 percent behind the presidential favorite with 28.32 percent.

The head of Ecuador’s National Electoral Council, Juan Pablo Pozo, said Tuesday that although the preliminary results have demonstrated an “established trend,” electoral officials will only release official results — most notably confirmation of whether or not the election will go to a second round — once 100 percent of the votes are counted.

Eighteen of Ecuador’s 24 provinces had completed vote counting by Tuesday afternoon, leaving just six to finalize their results, the CNE reported.

The report came after the CNE said Monday that Ecuadoreans should expect to wait three days for the results to be finalized to confirm whether or not the presidential election will go to a second round between the two front-runners. If Moreno doesn’t achieve 40 percent, he will face Lasso in a runoff vote on April 2.

Ecuadoreans also voted Sunday in a pioneering referendum on tax havensasking whether voters agreed with a proposal to ban elected officials and public servants from holding wealth in offshore tax havens. With just over 67 percent of the referendum votes counted Monday morning, the “Yes” vote led with 54.76 percent over 45.24 percent for the “No” side.

Moreno and his ally President Rafael Correa both campaigned for a “Yes” vote, while Lasso — tied to an offshore account revealed in the Panama Papers — supported the “No.”

After polls closed, Moreno reiterated his commitment to the social and political project of the Correa government over the past 10 year, known as the Citizen’s Revolution, which achieved gains such as cutting extreme poverty nearly in half, lowering inequality and expanding social spending.

“We will continue to serve the people, to continue our process, and to build our revolution,” Moreno said during a televised press conference shortly after the polls closed. “But as the respectful citizens that we are, we will await the final results to see what’s next.”

Moreno, pointing out his exit polls lead over opposition rivals, said, “over a million people voted to continue the Citizens’ Revolution.”

National Electoral Council officials and international observers have confirmed that the election was fair and transparent.

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Observers Praise Transparency, Deny Fraud in Ecuador Elections

Without evidence, opposition candidates have accused the government of trying to meddle with the election results, whipping up discontent.
The head of the electoral mission of the OAS, Leonel Fernandez, speaks during a press conference in Quito.

Observers from international organizations have reported that Ecuador’s elections Sunday were transparent and asked Ecuadoreans to calmly wait for the final results, as opposition candidates have launched accusations of fraud and threatened destabilization if the left-wing front-runner Lenin Moreno wins in the first round.

The electoral mission of the Union of South American Nations, Unasur, said that there was no attempted fraud during the final count of votes for the presidential election.

According to the head of the mission, Alexander Vega, the delay in the release of final results is a normal vote-counting procedure and called for people to be calm and wait for the final results.

“No one has denounced a fraud,” Vega said, adding that it is difficult to believe “that the National Electoral Council would have invited more than 200 observers for a fraud.”

He added that the Ecuadorean system is “so transparent that whoever wins can download the transcripts, add the votes and will get the same result.”

The head of the National Electoral Council, Juan Pablo Pozo, said Tuesday that despite allegations of election tampering that have been circulating on social media, no official complaints of fraud have been submitted.

Pozo also condemned violence against members of the council who were attacked as well as an incident of electoral materials being stolen, saying that aggression against electoral officials will not be tolerated.

With almost 95 percent of votes counted, Alianza Pais’ Lenin Moreno leads the race with 39.17 percent of votes, close to the 40 percent that he needs to avoid a second round, and more than 10 percent ahead of conservative banker Guillermo Lasso of the right-wing CREO party, who has 28.38 percent.

With those numbers, Moreno has received a higher percentage of the vote in the first round of the election than any other president in Ecuador in past 40 years, with the exception of President Rafael Correa, who won the election in the first round with more than 50 percent of the votes in 2009 and 2013.

If Moreno doesn’t reach the threshold he will have to face Lasso in a runoff vote on April 2. The National Electoral Council, CNE, said the final result of Sunday’s presidential election will be released in three days, by Thursday. According to article 141 of Ecuador’s Democracy Code, the CNE has three to seven days to deliver the final results of the elections.

Moreno said that although polls say he could win in the first round, his team is still waiting for the final confirmation of the CNE, and he called on other candidates to do the same.

“It has caught my attention that some loser politician is calling for violence. That can not be tolerated, we are a country of peace, we have learned to live in peace and we want to continue like this,” said Moreno.

The ballots that have not been processed yet have errors in the scanning process, are illegible, have inconsistencies, lack corresponding signatures of the members of the voting tables, or come from areas of the country that don’t have the right conditions to digitally transmit results to the main processing center.

The special representative of the electoral mission of Unasur, former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, also called Ecuadoreans to remain calm and wait patiently for the results.

“The tranquility and peace of society is such an important value that one does not realize when one loses it,” said Mujica.

A total of 47 delegations for the electoral councils of 11 countries in South America participated in the elections.

The head of the electoral mission of the Organization of American States, OAS, Leonel Fernandez, stressed that the CNE is the only institution authorized to present the final results.

He called for political parties and candidates to “act with prudence and responsibility” and to “provide citizens with truthful, timely and objective information from the CNE.”

The calls for calm come as some opposition politicians, including second-place candidate Guillermo Lasso, have accused the government of attempting to meddle with the election results, whipping up expectations of electoral fraud among his supporters, which some fear raises the specter of violence in the wake of Sunday’s elections.

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