Guillermo Lasso demanded that the CNE speed up the counting of votes and questioned the inconsistencies in the process
According to the preliminary votes of the local elections and the referendum, the results are adverse to the Ecuadorian government
Guillermo Lasso demanded from the CNE speed in the counting of votes and questioned the inconsistencies in the process. (AP)
The Ecuadorian government on Wednesday complained to the National Electoral Council (CNE) for the delay in processing the total votes of a referendum that he promoted on security, democracy and the environment and whose preliminary results are adverse to the ruling party.
The The Ministry of Government based its doubts on the inconsistencies that appeared between 44,000 and 63,000 tally sheets.
That State portfolio considered that the citizen's expectation is “to have a clear definition, among other things, about the citizen consultation process that posed to the country 8 questions to improve the security, institutionality and environment in the country”.
“More than 48 hours have passed, and far from having the certainties that the Ecuadorian people demand after such an important popular pronouncement, we have been filled with uncertainties in the face of the slow counting of votes, due to the erratic and inaccurate information,” he added. the Ministry.
Inconsistencies in Minutes
The ministerial portfolio was surprised after it was known that there were some 44,000 minutes< /b> of voting boards with inconsistencies, although the presidency of the National Electoral Council warned that “they would already amount to 63,000 today″.
The Ministry of Government considered that the citizen's expectation is “to have a clear definition, among other things, about the citizen consultation process that asked the country 8 questions to improve security, institutionality, and the environment in the country.” (AP)
“This is not just a problem of vote counting, this is a problem for Ecuadorian democracy and for solving the challenges that the country must face ”, added the Ministry of Government in the statement.
He insisted on his request for speed in the scrutiny process, regardless of the pronouncement made last Monday by the country's president, Guillermo Lasso, “acknowledging some hypothetical results of the referendum”.
“We request the CNE authorities to act with due speed, transparency, efficiency and diligence in the final processing of the results and we also express our deep concern about the growing doubts that the institution has caused in the public”, he added.
The portfolio of Government policy urged the electoral authorities to “exhaust all available resources to clarify with clarity (sic), forcefulness and without the slightest lag of doubt, something that now seems improbable, the will popular”.
The official pronouncement was given after the CNE, on its website, published the progress of the scrutiny of the local electionsand the referendum proposed by the Executive.
According to these data, in the case of the officialist plebiscite the scrutiny advanced to between 98.88 and 98.91 % of the total voting records of the eight questions that made up the referendum.
The political portfolio of the The Government urged the electoral authorities to “exhaust all available resources that allow clarifying with clarity (sic), forcefulness and without the slightest lag of doubt, something that now seems improbable, the popular will.”
The “No” was ahead of the “Yes” in all questions, although the shortest difference was recorded in questions 1 (on allowing the extradition of Ecuadorians for organized crime) and 3 (on reducing the number of legislators in the Popular Assembly).
In question 1 the “No”, with 98.88% of the scrutiny, obtained 3,359,381 votes, while the “Yes” it was left with 3,151,170 votes, which means a difference of 208,211 votes.
In question 3 the “No” amounted to 3,391. 194 votes compared to 3,014,155 for “Yes”, with a difference of 377,039 votes.
The preliminary results of the local elections and the pro-government referendum are adverse to the ruling party and have dealt a severe blow to the government of the conservative Lasso, who is experiencing one of the darkest moments of his administration, which began in May 2021 and which should end in 2025.
(With information from EFE)