Interviews in the media and its walls in social networks would be the channels to which the candidates will appeal to the Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPC) to promote themselves in the electoral campaign that will begin this February 5 for the elections of March 24.
The National Electoral Council (CNE) is the only entity authorized to inform the proposals and trajectory of the 43 candidates seeking a voice in the CPC.
Eight days after the start of the campaign, the electoral body has not informed the candidates of the strategies to make them known. They were offered a training, but they have not been called either.
The reform of the Law of the Council of Participation established that “no party or political movement, social organization, official, candidate or citizen may perform acts of political proselytism for or against any candidate” to counsel. Neither may they receive or use private financing of any kind, or they will be disqualified.
Five candidates raised a precautionary measure to avoid legal limitations and that the CNE allowed them to promote themselves, but denied them that remedy.
One of them is Carlos Pauta and explained that the proposal is to allow them to design “flyers or posters”. “We are not in the line of proselytizing, what we need is to deliver posters, to do concentration events with social organizations. Our candidacies are citizens. “
Édison David Gallegos is another candidate and recognizes that he has “not done anything” to make himself known, since he expects the CNE to inform them of his promotion.
He questioned that despite legal restrictions, other candidates are giving statements in the media reporting their proposals.
Laughing he relates that his friends tell him that he will have few votes for the “exaggerated” legal impediment.
“I’m waiting for the Electoral Council to give us an answer. But I hope the agency is in the ability to promote us, “he said.
Tyron Guerra lives in Puerto López (Manabi) and is using social networks to inform his initiatives.
“We are waiting for them to give us freedom to campaign, which would be in the media, because through ballots that we will not get to do,” he added.
On the contrary, Karina Ponce considers that it is a “benefit” the restriction to proselytize for the costs that this would imply. And that, in addition, “the policy should not be seen as a business”.
In recent weeks he admits that he has traveled nine provinces and has given several interviews in the media to promote what are the “ideas to apply in the Council”.
Victoria Desintonio “has not moved” to do promotion, since she is waiting for the Electoral Council to establish the rules.
Another candidate is María Fernanda Rivadeneira who is participating in talks, conferences and forums.
She hopes that the CNE will establish the guidelines, since there is a legal prohibition, and “we knew the rules before applying. The nomination was not like a popular election candidacy, but rather a citizen nomination. “
She hopes that during the campaign period, “the media will open the doors to us and they will be able to spread our message, and we will go to social networks to reach the citizens in a massive way”.
Social networks are not considered by the Code of Democracy as part of the control and control of the campaign, only the media, such as the written press, radio, television and billboards.
The counselor Luis Verdesoto announced that there is a regulation that is being prepared and approved in these days. “The norm could establish platforms that will host a structure elaborated by us and contracted by the CNE through which they will be informed about them”.
He clarified that the candidates to the CPC could participate in forums, debates, but cannot “pay” for being in an event, for example. (I)