The diversity of criteria was strongly felt and put to the limit the first day of work of the National Electoral Council (CNE) that was taken over by the National Assembly.
After almost six hours of delays, rumors and evident dissatisfaction among the new councilors, the plenary session of the body could be installed to elect Diana Atamaint as president of the CNE and Enrique Pita as vice president.
At first, the call was made for 12:00. Half an hour before the plans changed and it was called at 2:00 pm, but two hours later there were no clues of the new members until someone gave the warning voice: the counselor Luis Verdesoto left the organization.
In a car with tinted windows and without giving statements, Verdesoto left the CNE. A clue that the meetings did not work.
A few minutes later, it was learned that the counselor Esthela Acero also decided to leave the polling station. Her relatives, who had arrived from Cayambe to accompany her in the first meeting, left without seeing the indigenous leader in her first plenary session.
Earlier, at 09:00, the five were taken over in the Assembly and although there were no major signs of excitement among the new officials, there was nothing to foresee that the rupture would occur.
Plenary 001 of the definitive CNE was installed at 17:55, with Atamaint, Pita and José Cabrera. While Verdesoto and Acero were absent.
Pita, who has the support of CREO, proposed Atamaint – which was nominated by CONAIE – for the presidency. The three present approved that motion. Then, Cabrera proposed the name of Pita and the vote was similar.
Atamaint justified the decision to meet with three councilors because today the convocation to the sectional elections must be held on March 24.
At the same time that the new authorities of the CNE took possession; Verdesoto wrote on his Twitter account: “The Code of Democracy allows elections to be held 120 days in advance (Article 85). We had until Saturday to call them. I do not understand why we should take confused decisions today, without knowing the cause, without being able to analyze information”.
However, Cabrera said yesterday that none of the absent left annoying.
Pita acknowledged that it was possible to move the date of the call, but that meant making several adjustments that could jeopardize the electoral process next March.
Callfor sectional elections
In the midst of the uncertainty generated by the disagreements of November 20, the National Electoral Council (CNE) plans to hold the official call for the sectional elections on March 24 next night.
Until the end of this edition, the final text had not been approved by the new members of the CNE. However, the draft was already prepared and ready to be recorded for the broadcast of the national network. The convocation specifies that 221 mayors will be chosen in these elections; 23 prefects and vice prefects; 1,305 urban and rural councilors; 4,089 members of parish boards and the seven members of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS).
Fromtomorrow the process of registration of candidacies begins and will be extendeduntil December 21 next.
Howmuch confidence do you have in the new National Electoral Council?
Gilmar Gutiérrez – national president of Sociedad Patriótica.
“We must be vigilant and hope that finally the delegates do not follow the practices of the correísmo. It will be much more difficult and it is better than what we had previously. “
Wilson Sánchez – director of Adelante Ecuatoriano Adelante.
“I want to have confidence, as much as possible. It will be the way of acting of the members that defines them. They should not only respond to the party but to the conscience and will of the country. “
Geovanni Atarihuana – director of the Unidad Popular movement.
“We hope that its diversity will result in an independent and transparent attitude that gives confidence. Hope is opened, let’s see how it is in practice. “
Guillermo Celi – national president of the SUMA movement.
“Thereis a diverse conformation. They, with their decisions, must define and defenddemocracy and generate the transparency required by Ecuadorians, beyondpolitical parties. ” (I)