45% of the votes cast in the presidential elections, recounted

About 6 million votes, or 45% of the votes cast in the first round of Ecuador’s presidential election, will be counted at the request of a candidate who claims to have been the victim of fraud, the electoral authority announced on Saturday, informs AFP.

“More or less six million votes will be revised vote by vote, according to the agreements reached by the National Electoral Council,” CNE President Diana Atamaint told a news conference in Quito.

The recount was filed by Yaku Perez, a candidate for Pachakutik, a political expression of the Ecuadorian indigenous movement.

Perez is third in the first round after Guillermo Lasso, a former right-wing banker, came in second with less than 0.4% ahead of Perez, according to the still indefinite results published by CNE.

Perez claims he was the victim of a fraud meant to exclude him from the second round. The first round was won by Andres Arauz, a socialist economist backed by former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (2007-2017), who lives in exile in Belgium.

Perez’s recount is backed by his competitor Guillermo Lasso, who said he was confident he could make it to the second round. Lasso also said he wanted doubts about Sunday’s results to be dispelled.

A total of 13.1 million votes were cast in the first round on February 7. The second round, scheduled for April 11, will nominate the president’s successor at the end of his term, Lenin Moreno, who is no longer running for office and will officially end his term on May 24.

Source: Jurnalul.ro by jurnalul.ro.

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