A start with pending issues. The total amount of the Electoral Promotion Fund that will be destined for the candidates in the sectional elections of March 24 has not yet been calculated, despite the fact that since midnight today the electoral campaign began.
The National Electoral Council (CNE) did not count until yesterday with the final number of political organizations and qualified candidates for this contest and although the number of registrations in suspension is minimal, the regulations require having the lists completely closed to make the calculation of this item that comes out of the national treasury.
The president of the electoral body, Diana Atamaint, was yesterday in Cuenca. There she reported that all pending cases are in the hands of the Electoral Contentious Court (TCE) and it is expected that at the latest today, when the campaign is already underway, all objections will be resolved.
“The candidacies that are in firm are in more than 20 provinces. We still cannot indicate the official number of candidates at the national level for the case of El Oro, “Atamaint said yesterday, explaining that in this province there were some delays that affected not having a definitive number.
Up to December 21, 80,281 people seeking a dignity of popular election were registered throughout the country. A record number, according to the electoral authorities.
This delay, however, will not have a negative impact on political organizations that already have their qualified applicants and want to start campaigning. EXPRESO was able to know that several parties have already filled out the forms to hire propaganda in media and billboards.
However, very few will be disseminated in the first days of the start of the campaign. “Most candidates prefer that their names and proposals begin to appear in the last three weeks, as a strategy,” a CNE official told this newspaper.
Several parties and political organizations announce for today the start of tours and the launches of their candidates in the cities that they consider as their bastions. There are also foreseen symbolic acts with those who seek to position their names in the 45 days of the campaign.
The expenses generated in these proselytizing events and tours will come from the accounts of the political organizations themselves. In December, the CNE defined the maximum limit of electoral spending at $ 12,081,328.
In Guayas, for example, the binomial of prefect and viceprefect may not exceed $ 477,304 and a candidate for mayor of Guayaquil $ 408,153. In Pichincha the limit is $ 347,566 and for the mayor’s office of Quito $ 403,658.
In Cuenca, Atamaint together with Esthela Acero, the councilor, assured that the controls will be intensified to avoid exceeding these amounts. However, it was not known how many CNE officials will act in these operations.
On the other hand, the Electoral Promotion Fund is the one that allows candidates to contract in written press, radio, television and billboards and is administered directly by the CNE.
Participation Wedges, lists
What will begin to see from today is the promotion for the election of the Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS).
Despite the claims, throughout the weekend and until yesterday the 43 candidates recorded their promotional spots for television and radio. These will last 30 seconds, of which 20 will be used to present and disseminate their proposal.
The promotional spots will appear randomly 140 times on television and 1,468 occasions on the radio for each candidate, until March 21.
The CNE will make an insert in the written press with the resume of the applicants for this organization.
Once qualified, the political organizations enter a database, obtain a password and can access the forms to request the authorization to communicate with the media. These will be chosen by the political party.
The representatives of the political parties must send the request to the CNE 48 hours before the dissemination of the promotional product. The electoral body technicians must notify the maximum wedge rating 72 hours after delivery.
Promotional products will last a maximum of one minute. They will not be able to induce violence, racism or religious and political intolerance. You cannot attempt against the honor of other people or use the image of minors without authorization. (I)