The National Electoral Council (CNE for its Spanish acronym) revealed that 636,032 spaces have been left blank in the ballots of the 39,752 polling stations nationwide to allow optional vote of police and military officers in the upcoming elections on February 17.
It should be noted that members of the Armed Forces and National Police in active service are 95,372 voters in total, ie, the number of blank spaces in ballots is five times the number of members of the security forces enabled for the optional vote, which is something unnecessary.
Decisions such as these, do not support the seriousness and transparency needed by the organization of election process.
According to CNE data, there are 2,551,481 persons entitled to optionally vote.
- People over 65 years: 1,252,670
- People with special abilities: 289,123
- Ecuadorians abroad: 285,753
- Members of the Armed Forces and National Police: 95,372
- College students between 16 and 17 years: 554,888