Only four of seven candidates for the Mayor of Guayaquil invited guests to the debate organized Wednesday night by the Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil and the digital portal La Posta. Jimmy Jairala, from the Democratic Center; and Cynthia Viteri, from the PSC, had anticipated her absence, the latter attended another debate with university students at the same time; and minutes before the event, Simón Bolívar, from Alianza PAIS, declined.
Only Carlos Cassanello from the Social Justice movement attended; Balerio Estacio, from Fuerza Ecuador; Francisco Jiménez, from CREO, and Gino Cornejo, from Adelante Ecuatoriano Adelante. Another 10 candidates were not invited to the event.
According to the dynamics of the debate, the four candidates had two minutes to present their proposals in accordance with the issues raised.
The majority of candidates agreed to generate and support ventures in order to reduce the lack of employment, and support informal traders.
Cassanello and Jiménez agreed on the importance of commercial corridors, with the difference that the first proposes to create new ones and the second to enhance existing ones in the north and south of the city.
Another subject of the debate included the fees and fines of the Municipality, and the reduction or elimination of the penalties of the Municipal Transit Authority (ATM) was the proposal of all. In this case, unlike the other candidates, Gino Cornejo proposed the amnesty of the pending traffic fines and not increase fees for municipal procedures.
On security candidates also had similar proposals around including the Metropolitan Police in coordinated work with the National Police to combat crime, especially in the center of the city.
Estacio proposes to create a metropolitan police training school before it begins to support citizen security.
The candidates agreed to design a coordinated management model among all the institutions involved in citizen security.
The debate sought to know the proposals of the candidates to recover the environment and the majority aimed to recover the Salado estuary through oxygenation and permanent collection of waste.
In terms of mobility, the proposals aimed to take advantage of the Guayas River and the Salado estuary, promoting a fluvial transport to decongest the streets of Guayaquil.
The idea of connecting through the Guayas, Daule and Babahoyo rivers with cantons near Guayaquil also arose. The debate began at 20:10 and ended before 22:00, with a segment called paredón in which the candidates answered questions from drivers Luis Vivanco and Anderson Boscan.
The organization of the debate invited seven of the 17 candidates to the Mayor’s Office of Guayaquil. Cynthia Viteri, from the PSC-MG, list 6; and Jimmy Jairala, of the Democratic Center, list 1, were invited, but they excused themselves; Simón Bolívar Rosero, of AP, (list 35) did not attend either. The candidates who were not invited were: Martha Macías (List 3), Jorge Villacreses (list 4), Juan Manuel Bermúdez (list 9), José Inca (list 12), Eduardo Argudo (list 17), Octavio Suárez (list 18) , Jorge Coppiano (list 19), Patricio Buendía (list 23), Edgar Salazar (list 51) and Jaime Lomas (list 33); who made a sit-in outside the Las Cameras building, where the debate was held, in protest against not inviting all the aspirants. (I)