Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tensions Remain High As Ecuador Continues To Count Votes From Sunday's Presidential Election

BBC: Ecuador presidential poll: Tension as results are delayed

Ecuadoreans are growing impatient at the slow pace of vote counting with the results of the presidential poll delayed until Wednesday or Thursday.

It is still not clear whether there will be a second round or if governing party candidate Lenin Moreno will gain the 40% of the votes needed to win outright in the first round.

With 92% of the votes counted, he fell just short with 39.08%.

His closest rival, Guillermo Lasso, said the delays "did not smell right".

Mr Lasso is trailing more than 10 percentage points behind Mr Moreno but is confident he could beat him in a second round in which opposition supporters are likely to unite behind him.

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Update #1: Ecuador Vote Count Delayed Until Wednesday as Protests Mount (Bloomberg).
Update #2: Tension mounts in Ecuador as election is too close to call (Financial Times)

WNU editor: it looks like there is going to be run-off .... Ecuador presidential election goes to runoff between leftist, ex-banker (Reuters).


James said...

Run-off: n. The absconding of an election by the establishment government.

Aizino Smith said...

Rafael Correa & Lenin Moreno obviously did not learn from Venezuela.

Poor YV and other liberals will see a repeat.