Charges would be fairer if the call for unity made by certain sectors of the opposition materialize. Figures of the last election in Ecuador show that the ruling party and its rivals would be on equal terms if only two contenders are presented in 2017.
According to the consolidated votes of the National Electoral Council (CNE), the united opposition got 4’889.186 support votes. Alianza PAIS, meanwhile, got 5’841.474 votes. In February 2014 prefects, mayors and members of parish councils were elected nationwide.
How did the ruling party come out of these elections? Despite losing the local governments of Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, PAIS had a strong presence in regional governments.
Prefects, for example, encompassed the 50.3%. Municipalities a 33.8% and Councilors a 37.5%.
Therefore unity is necessary, the opposition claims. Gilmar Gutierrez, national director of the Patriotic Society Party (PSP), said there is no other way. To defeat the ruling party, he said to daily Expreso, they have to go together. “If we don´t unite, we´re playing the game of Correism,” he said.