Many Believe That the Left’s Election Victory in Ecuador Was Fraudulent
The armed forces did not handle ‘the entire chain of custody of the ballots,’ as it normally does.
The disputed election of Lenín Moreno as president of Ecuador made his leftist allies very happy in that it broke a string of conservative election wins in Latin America.
Venezuela’s bankrupt strongman Nicolás Maduro hailed Moreno, saying on Twitter, “The Citizen Revolution won.” Bolivia’s socialist leader Evo Morales crowed on Twitter that “21st century socialism always triumphs.” Julian Assange, who five years ago was granted asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy by current Ecuadorian leader Rafael Correa, urged trailing conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso “to leave Ecuador within 30 days (with or without his tax haven millions).”
Moreno’s two-point victory is certainly being celebrated — but also questioned. A quick count by a respected local watchdog found that there was a difference of less than 0.6 percentage points separating the two candidates. The group declined to announce which candidate had the advantage.
In addition, three out of the four exit polls released as voting concluded on Sunday showed Lasso with a lead between three and six points. Exit polls can be wrong, but the one that predicted a Lasso win of six points was spot-on in predicting the results of the first round of voting in February. In that election, leftist Lenín Moreno (yes, his first name was given him for ideological reasons) won 39 percent of the vote, narrowly missing an outright victory that wouldn’t have required a runoff. The final results of that first round were delayed for days, as the government-controlled election machinery stalled and dithered until finally admitting that a runoff was needed.
Even more disturbing was the decision of President Rafael Correa, who handpicked Moreno as his chosen successor, to fire General Luis Castro Ayala as the chief of staff of the Ecuadorean army after the first round. General Castro Ayala is said to have played a crucial role, through his moral influence on the National Election Council, in ensuring an accurate count of the first election round.
The day after the first round of voting, he sent a letter to the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, requesting that it consider its constitutional responsibilities to ensure an accurate count. Following his firing, General Castro Ayala told the media that “the armed forces did not handle the entire chain of custody of the ballots in these last elections” as it is normally charged with doing.
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