Six months before the country returns to live an electoral fair, this time to elect more than 11,000 dignitaries between principals and substitutes of the sectional bodies, the contradiction between those who signed in favor of political organizations and the importance of the parties and political movements is marked.
According to figures from the dismissed National Electoral Council as of July 2018, there are more than four million adherents and affiliates to political organizations, including national, provincial, cantonal and parochial, which represents, for a standard of 13’026,598 voters, about 40% of voters. However, polls show that approximately 70% of Ecuadorians do not believe in political parties, and about 73% are not interested in elections and do not know when they will be held.
“That is another frustration, that 73% of the population is not interested, or is not interested in the political moment and the one that is coming in March (…) People do not even know when the elections will take place. “, Said the principal of the Cedatos pollster, Ángel Polibio Córdova, in a radio interview in Quito.
Meanwhile, in the survey conducted by the company CLIK, 41.6% of respondents do not know that in March the elections will be. While 61.7% do not know that the members of the Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS) must be elected. And between 67% and 83% do not know who to vote for prefects, mayors, councilors and councilors of the CPCCS.
Despite the figures, the work for the registration of political parties and movements advances in the transitory National Electoral Council. As of Friday, 223 political organizations were authorized to participate in the March elections: 7 national political parties, 13 national movements, 63 provincial movements, 124 cantonal movements and 16 parish movements.
The member of the transitory electoral body, José Cabrera, said that yesterday it was planned to review 67 pending reports: 38 of political organizations in process and 29 that are solved problems.
Given the criticism that has existed on the part of some political sectors for not having qualified, the official said that in the month and a half they have had to review processes that have been stalled or repressed for up to two years without an answer. According to the member, the transitional National Electoral Council has qualified 48 political organizations among national, provincial, cantonal and parochial.
What are the biggest problems that organizations face for their qualification? Cabrera said that it is the issue of the signatures: they do not come in the format that the National Electoral Council delivers; there are repetitions of signatures in one party and another, or that they do not belong to the constituency for which they are applying; or it also happens that there is a name in the form and another one appears in the form.
Meanwhile, Camila Moreno recalled that yesterday ended the deadline to qualify the parties and political movements that will participate in the March elections next year. For today it is planned to know in a definitive way how many and which are the political groupings that will be able to participate in the next year’s sectional elections.
According to his estimates, in the 2019 process at least 240 organizations could present their candidates for prefects, mayors, councilors and members of parish boards.
November 2 is the technical closure of the electoral roll. On November 6, the CNE approved the census.
On November 21, elections are called. From the 22 the inscriptions of candidates until December 21 are received.
From August 14 to September 12, the transitory National Electoral Council reviewed 1’754,336 signatures.
According to the Council of Transitory Citizen Participation, on November 2, the assignment to the current National Electoral Council ends. (I)