Ecuador’s National Electoral Council declares official results in Presidential Election
Press release from the Embassy of Ecuador in London / April 5th 2017
1) ELECTORAL PROCESS IN ECUADOR
With 99.65% of the total votes counted, Ecuador´s National Electoral Council informed the country of the official results in the second round of elections:
The candidate for Alianza PAIS Movement, Lenín Moreno, obtained 5,057,149 votes, equivalent to 51, 16%;
The candidate for SUMA – CREO Alliance, Guillermo Lasso, obtained 4,827,753 votes, corresponding to 48.84%.
Absenteeism of 17.03%, equivalent to 2,180,955 voters, has been recorded, from 10,628,045 voters registered.
The elections of April 2nd were impeccable, as recognized by the National Electoral Council and the observer missions that participated in this election.
According to the National Electoral Council, 97% of the electoral boards had delegates from the two contending political organizations.
The tight difference between the two candidates (2.32%) is not unique in the region’s electoral process. In recent history for instance:
- Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won in 2016 by 2% Keiko Fujimori;
- Argentina, Mauricio Macri won in 2015, by 6% to Daniel Scioli.
2) ELECTORAL PROCESS ABROAD
The right to vote is a right that Ecuador gives to its migrants abroad. In fact, Ecuador has gone a step further by granting them the right to legislative representation.
In this electoral process, 106 polling stations were established around the world, with 529 voting points in Europe Asia and Oceania, 110 in Latin America and 225 in the United States and Canada.
A total of 378,292 people had the opportunity to participate in the three constituencies abroad.
3) MISSIONS OF INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS
The international bodies accredited were:
UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) , headed by former President of Uruguay, José Mujica as special representative of the Mission;
The OAS, led by the former president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez;
The World Association of Electoral Organizations (A-Web), whose head of mission was Carmen Imbert; and
The Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE), chaired by María Wapenka.
A total of 280 international observers monitored the elections in Ecuador.
The OAS and UNASUR have recognized the victory of Lenin Moreno. José Mujica, of the observer mission of the UNASUR regional bloc, escribed the elections as “an electoral process with exemplary coordination”
In a report, the OAS asserts that “there were no discrepancies between the observed records and official data.” And has lamented “the political use made of polling polls that were published minutes before the close of voting.”
Leonel Fernández, Chief Observer Mission of the OAS, noted that they did not observe any discrepancy between the results of the CNE and the vote tallies they observed.
Carmen Imbert, head of the International Observation Mission of the World Association of Electoral Organizations (A-Web), observed in the various polling stations she visited during the day, that the process took place in “absolute transparency and order. “
UNASUR also agreed with the assessment of the OAS. “I have made clear that there was no possibility of fraud, there is no possibility of any deception to the electorate and it can be said with confidence that in Electoral Council is giving the guarantees for the Ecuadorian people to vote freely,” said Alexander Vega, general coordinator of mission.
4) CONGRATULATIONS OF STATES AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Heads of State who have already congratulated the people of Ecuador on the April 2nd elections of Lenin Moreno by the results obtained in the second round:
- Government of Spain
- Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States
- Ibero- american General Secretariat
- Mauricio Macri, Argentina;
- Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico;
- Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia;
- Michelle Bachelet, Chile;
- Luis Guillermo Solís, Costa Rica;
- Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Peru;
- Salvador Sánchez Ceren, El Salvador;
- Horacio Cartes, Paraguay;
- Juan Carlos Varela, Panama;
- Evo Morales, Bolivia;
- Raúl Castro Ruz, Cuba;
- Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua;
- Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela;