Apparent voter fraud in Ecuador’s presidential election pushes country to the boiling point

Ecuador’s dictator née president, Rafael Correa, has long been a fan of the Castro dictatorship and the dictatorial regime it installed in Venezuela. As a corrupt leftist (at the risk of sounding redundant), he dreams of power in perpetuity, which provides an endless stream of riches stolen from the people that he can bestow on his family, friends, and himself. To achieve this, Correa has apparently taken a page out of Cuba’s Venezuela playbook and is attempting to rig the nation’s presidential election to ensure his hand-picked successor will win.

However, the pro-democracy Ecuadorean opposition is refusing to sit on the sidelines and simply watch as their country descends into a corrupt tyranny. They have taken to the streets and are demanding a second round to the election.

David Unsworth reports in PanAm Post:

Ecuador Near Boiling Point as Opposition Demands Final Vote Count

The Ecuadorean opposition is loudly protesting delays in reporting the final vote count in Ecuador’s presidential election.
The Ecuadorean opposition is loudly protesting delays in reporting the final vote count in Ecuador’s presidential election.

Tensions are nearing the boiling point in Ecuador as the National Electoral Council (CNE) continues to delay reporting completed vote totals. With 96.7% of votes counted as of 7pm, Lenin Moreno continues to maintain an 11 point lead over closest rival Guillermo Lasso. Moreno has 39.29% of valid votes, with Lasso at 28.27%. The CNE has all but declared a second round, noting a “marked tendency” regarding the pattern of outstanding votes, and strongly implying that Moreno will not reach the critical 40% threshold with remaining votes.

Under Ecuadorean election law, a candidate can win outright in the first round with either 50% or 40% plus a 10 point margin of victory.

The Ecuadorean opposition has viewed the CNE’s delays with skepticism, with many suggesting that they are being used as an opportunity by Rafael Correa‘s Alianza Pais party to manipulate the vote count and give an outright first round victory to Lenin Moreno.

Assemblywoman Mae Montano of Movimiento CREO confirmed today in an interview with Ecuadorean daily El Comercio, that Guillermo Lasso will be making an appearance this afternoon in front of the CNE headquarters in north Quito. “I believe that at this time, we need Lasso’s presence here in the capital. But to be clear, this goes beyond just a political movement or candidate. This is to defend democracy in Ecuador.”

Guillermo Lasso joined his supporters today in front of the CNE at 3pm this afternoon, and will subsequently return to his native Guayaquil where he will speak with the local delegation of the CNE.

Close elections are nothing new in the Andean region. Ecuador’s current situation brings to mind the bitterly contested Peruvian presidential election of last year when Pedro Pablo Kuczynksi defeated Keiko Fujimori by the narrowest of margins.

The Ecuadorean opposition is particularly concerned about the potential for fraud because of the closeness between outgoing president Rafael Correa and state institutions.

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