At 21:52 this Sunday, March 24, the National Electoral Council provided preliminary information through a press conference. This after multiple complaints about the fall of the web page of the organization to visualize the results of the minutes scrutinized for the different dignities.
The expectation grew even more when the National Electoral Councils offer of announcing the preliminary results at 20:30 was not fulfilled; then it was said that they would do it at 9:00 p.m. and finally they did it at 10 p.m. Diana Atamaint, president of the National Electoral Council, from the Center of Command of the organism indicated that until 21:37 the vote counting had reached 43.24% in relation to mayors; 26.72% for prefects; and, 12.62% in the totality of candidates. He stressed that the transmission of the tally sheets was to be done between 20:00 and 20:30 and it was even fulfilled before 19:15.
Regarding the problems registered on the National Electoral Council website, she indicated that political parties could follow the results through the so-called cloud and Facebook Live. On the other hand, Édgar Sánchez, of the Transparency Technical Commission of the National Electoral Council, reiterated that the system, in the computer part, has not suffered any significant problem and that the submission of minutes was regularly fulfilled. However, he admitted that there was “slowness” in the system.
He agreed with Atamaint in pointing out that political parties have alternative access to see the data in real time, which is useful until the transmission on the web is resolved.
The candidate for mayor of Guayaquil, Cynthia Viteri, with 35% of the processed acts reached 52.80% of the votes. While Jimmy Jairala, had 32.06%. Supporters of Viteri concentrated on the Simón Bolívar Convention Center to advance the festivities.
Viteri, among the applause of her supporters, who congratulated her, declared herself the winner of the Mayor’s Office because the PSC had information on 90% of the minutes counted. For his part, Jaime Nebot, outgoing mayor of Guayaquil and leader of the PSC-MG, said it is the “triumph of the people.” While, with 73.56% of the minutes counted by the National Electoral Council, the partial results for the Mayor of Cuenca yielded the following data: Pedro Palacios, , obtained 28.43%; Jefferson Pérez, 22.03%; and Marcelo Cabrera 19.70%.
Palacios met with his supporters at the movement’s headquarters to celebrate the eventual triumph and reiterated that he will work from the first day on his campaign plan. He is the candidate of the alliance with the Democracy Yes movement, by Gustavo Larrea. In Quito, with 23.22% of the minutes counted, the results for mayor gave Jorge Yunda, of the Ecuadorian Union, 23.13%; to Luisa Maldonado, of Social Commitment and the Citizen Revolution, 19.13%. While Paco Moncayo, of the Democratic Left, had 17.04%; and César Montúfar, of the National Concertation, 16%.
Yunda said he wants a team of professionals and not family or friends. He received the media at his home. In Ambato, with 37.68% of the votes counted, Javier Altamirano, of Fuerza Social y Solidaria, reached 44.96% and Luis Fernando Torres, of the PSC-Movimiento Cambio, 24.46%.
In Ibarra, with 35.6% counted, the mayoral candidate Álvaro Castillo, from Alianza all for Ibarra, had 32.87% of the votes; and Andrea Scacco, from Movimiento Vincula, 32.80%. In Loja, however, with 24.36% of the votes counted, Jorge Bailón, from Alianza Loja para Todos, led the way with 30.38% of the votes; and Franco Quezada, of Democracia Sí, obtained 18%.
The National Electoral Council has 10 days to publish the total results of the elections of March 24, according to the Code of Democracy, recalled yesterday the technical coordinator of Electoral Processes of the National Electoral Council, Lucy Pombosa. However, due to force majeure, the full National Electoral Council may establish another deadline for this. (I)