Guillermo Lasso and Yaku Pérez dispute vote by vote the pass to the second round in the Ecuador elections
Around 03:00 this Monday, the preliminary results system of the National Electoral Council (CNE) reflected an intense dispute for second place between the CREO-PSC candidate, Guillermo Lasso, and that of Pachakutik, Yaku Pérez.
At that time, 97.02% of the minutes had been scrutinized, of which 14.04% had to be reviewed again when presenting news. Pérez had 1,531,127 votes (19.72%), while Lasso accumulated 1,525,926 votes (19.65%).
In fourth place was Xavier Hervas from Izquierda Democrática with 16.01% of the vote. It was expected that before 05:00 the processing of the minutes would conclude to meet the candidate who will participate in the second electoral round with the president of UNES, Andrés Arauz.
The National Electoral Council issued two quick count reports, the first around 9:10 p.m. with the following results:
Lists 1-5: candidate Andrés Arauz 31.50%, (lower limit 30.55% and higher than 32.44%).
Lists 18: candidate Yaku Pérez 20.04% (lower limit 19.09% and upper limit 20.90%)
Lists 21: candidate Guillermo Lasso 19.97% (lower limit 19.20% and upper limit 20.75%)
Lists 12: Xavier Hervas candidates 16.28% (lower limit 15.75% and upper limit 16.80%)
The second was at 9:16 p.m. and presented the following results:
Lists 1-5: candidate Andrés Arauz 31.74%
List 21-6: candidate Guillermo Lasso 20.05%
List 18: candidate Yaku Pérez with 19.85%
During the speech with his supporters, Guillermo Lasso criticized the decision of the National Electoral Council to disclose a partial result. “The CNE has done wrong by confusing the people with a quick count of 2,100 minutes, as the agreed sample was 2,400 minutes and they lead to confusion and error,” he said.
Hours before, when the results of the exit poll were known, the CREO leadership was optimistic about moving to a second electoral round. According to these results, the candidate of the CREO-PSC alliance ranks second behind Andrés Arauz, of the Union for Hope Alliance (UNES).
For their part, supporters of the candidate Yaku Pérez were located outside the Mando center to broadcast the results of the national elections after learning about the update of the quick count. This after the presidential call to ‘take care’ of the votes.
“What we win at the polls will not be taken from us at the table. We will be vigilant… We are the second political force in Ecuador, ”Pérez said during a press conference. (I)