Deadline to register candidates for elections is close and there are only six qualified groups of 200 in process
Miguel Santos Burgos, leader of the Duran Puede Más movement in that canton of Guayas, complains that the signature verification process is slow. Yesterday, he says, they made the ninth issue of rubrics.
Although only needs 2,900 signatures, so far, he says, his movement has delivered 11,500 and hopes to reach 15,000. “What happens is that of every five companies that we present, one is worth …”.
The Duran Puede Más movement is one of the more than 200 political organizations (local, provincial and national) that, according to Diana Atamaint, vice president of the National Electoral Council, have presented lots of signatures with the intention of being qualified and many with the desire to participate in the sectional elections of 2019.
However, according to the National Electoral Council records, so far only six local and provincial organizations have been qualified and registered: three under the direction of the electoral body ceased, with Nubia Villacís at the head, and three with the new transitional Council.
These are: Movimiento Popular Democracia Libertad, of Santa Isabel (Azuay); Vision Movement Salcedense, of Salcedo (Cotopaxi); Movimiento Join, from the province of Imbabura; Movimiento Amazónico, by Gonzalo Pizarro (Sucumbíos); Movimiento Todos, from the province of Pichincha; and the March Movement, La Libertad (Santa Elena).
With these, the total number of movements and political parties in Ecuador went from 172 to 178, of which 19 are national, 54 provincial, 91 cantonal and 14 parochial.
Last June, the National Electoral Council reported that the organizations that intend to participate in the upcoming elections had until this Friday to present the signatures, because the permanent record of political organizations was closed on September 24.
And precisely today the National Accord Movement (MANA) will present 300,000 signatures. This was reported by Victor Hugo Erazo, leader of the organization, who clarified that in this batch of rubrics are not recorded by the dissidents of Alianza PAIS (AP), close friends of former President Rafael Correa.
Erazo expects that in the remaining 30 days the National Electoral Council will validate the signatures and arrange the registration of the movement. However, he says, if they do not qualify, they will try to participate in the upcoming elections in alliances with other organizations.
Johanna Játiva, secretary of the United Ecuadorian Movement (nationally), says that her organization met the requirements and that she only expects the National Electoral Council to arrange its registration in full session.
He claims that they submitted around 900,000 signatures, of which only 225,000 were validated. “We have complied with the signatures, we are only waiting for the resolution (…). And what is coming is the search for candidates, “says Játiva.
Miguel Santos Burgos maintains that the National Electoral Council has not notified its movement about the deadline of this Friday and insists on the slowness of the verification of signatures. “They take more time than necessary …”
Atamaint recognizes the delay and reveals that in two months the National Electoral Council did not give way to anything. “We found that the National Electoral Council was in that situation …” (I)