A total of 369,725 Ecuadorian migrants are entitled to vote in 46 countries. According to data from the National Electoral Council (CNE), in the last elections the electoral roll increased by 143,352 new voters.
However, the electoral body also found that, in the March 2019 elections, absenteeism increased 62%, especially in Spain and the US. Diego Vallejo, who lives in Madrid (Spain), says that the electoral process in the city where he lives is complicated, since there is a lack of information from the authorities. He even mentions that the place where they pay is not appropriate, since people gather together.
“The main difficulty is the disorganization, since nobody informs which is the table where each one has to vote,” said the young migrant. Precisely, with the reforms approved to the Code of Democracy, at the beginning of December, the vote abroad will be encouraged and facilitated.
The Assemblyman of the PAIS Alliance (AP), Ximena Peña, head of the Justice Commission, believes that one of the main difficulties of migrants at the time of defraying is the distance with the consulates and the hourly uses. In that sense the modifications point.
Thus, the document reforms 15 articles, including the change of address and electoral register. In addition, it gives more responsibilities to consulates and embassies, in the organization of democratic processes.
Consulates must update, promote and debug voter records. In addition, virtual address change mechanisms will be created.
They also have the obligation to disseminate, promote electoral processes and prioritize means in contact with the community and Ecuadorians. Also at the time of paying, both the passport and the ID card will be valid, regardless of the expiration date. Consular identification may be used.