The National Electoral Council (CNE for its Spanish acronym) will establish a new deadline for completing the scrutiny of records after realizing that it cannot meet the ten-day period prescribed by the Code of Democracy for the culmination of the process of counting votes of the elections held on last February 17.
Counselor Juan Pablo Pozo said through his Twitter account that indeed the time for the balloting will end on Wednesday, February 27, but said the plenary of the CNE may extend the date for completion of the work.
The National Electoral Council paralyzes scrutiny of Guayas
The Guayas province still has a 5% of ballots to process in matter of the presidential binomial and nearly 20% in other dignities, and since yesterday at 08:00 in the morning, no data has been updated.
National Assembly counts:
- Guayas, 81.03% (7645 of 9435)
- Guayaquil, 83.21% (5133 of 6169)
- Samborondon, 83.83% (140 of 167)
- Duran, 80.53% (426 of 529)
Provincial Assembly counts:
- Guayas, 81.57% (7696 of 9435)
- Guayaquil, 82.04% (5061 of 6169)
- Samborondon, 80.84% (135 of 167)
- Duran, 79.96% (423 of 529)
This issue raises concerns on the Partido Social Cristiano (PSC) and the Madera de Guerrero movement (MG), which ratifies, with evidence, that there is an electoral fraud behind the delay in the counting.
The PSC-MG presented a copy of several records in different polling stations with irregularities that indicate the number of votes entered into the system by the CNE:
On the isssue presented, Vice President of the CNE, Paul Salazar, yesterday dismissed any possibility in Guayaquil that fraud is being committed and recognizes that the evidence is a valid copy but argues that the CNE has another one, which is the official one, and the whole thing may be a “mistranscription”, not a fraud.
Meanwhile, member of the PSC, Andres Roche said, showing a record, indicated that “261 votes of MG are being endorsed in the pro-government movement, Avanza, and the 48 votes of Avanza are listed as MG. This is conclusive proof of a malicious and crafty act“. Roche said the alleged fraud seeks to benefit the candidate of Alianza PAIS, Octavio Villacreses.
On his behalf, Carlos Vera, PSC candidate, said he had enough votes to access the share as a second national assemblyman for his list, but claims that the Government does not want to let him win because he is “combative and aggressive.”
The PSC also sent a letter to Mayra Gallegos, president of the Electoral Delegation of Guayas, requesting immediate cancellation of dependents “who have spoken, and participated undoubtedly and continue to participate in the attempt to consolidate this electoral fraud.”
Allegations of PSC-MG at the delays in the counting of Guayas and the “inconsistencies” in the number of votes recorded, seek to defend the sixth available seat in the provincial assembly and its candidate for the position, the student leader Daniel Cuellar.