Campaign, fake news and state of exception
It will be interesting to live the final stretch of an electoral campaign with a rigid state of exception in the provinces with the highest concentration of voters per urban area of Ecuador, where the disputed vote is precisely concentrated.
Interesting, because given the number of voters still undecided about who to vote for or whether to cancel, it is present in this group of provinces: Pichincha, Guayas, Azuay, Manabí, El Oro, Santo Domingo, Loja and Esmeraldas. Only Los Ríos or Tungurahua were missing. This made it essential for the finalist candidates to regain personal door-to-door contact that was not extensive at the beginning of the first shift campaign.
However, who they will have in their homes at first hand and 10 centimeters from their eyes, will be the fake news on cell phones or laptops. Obviously television and radio spots will abound; but that is the most light and even positive of electoral marketing. WhatsApp will burst with false news or errors from the candidates and their campaigns, as it has been happening all this time.
The most recent thing that scandalized the macro world of the networks was the alleged use of Venezuelan migrants in a state of vulnerability with signs and the key message of “Vote Well” looking at them as the best example of the terrible result of having voted for populism and demagoguery of the so-called 21st century socialism in a country as rich as Venezuela.
At the same time, let us not forget that countries with abundant natural wealth and governed by right-wing regimes, such as Central Americans – not to mention Nicaragua – desperately migrate to the United States in equal or worse conditions than Venezuelans.
In parentheses, Nicaragua is governed by one of the many conservative populist autocrats on the left and useful to their partisan oligarchies and local mafia, such as Ortega, who only has the letterhead on the left.
Returning to Ecuador, apart from asking you to take care of your health, also take care to believe and share dubious information even on April 11.