There is a shortage of signatures. EXPRESO, in mid-March of this year, reported how the collection of rubrics is an obstacle to the registration of political organizations. However, it was not until accessing official figures from the National Electoral Council (CNE) that it is possible to conclude that the problem is more complicated: there are no signatures for all the organizations that are in the registration phase.
To explain it, you have to define the number of available signatures. There are currently 6,101,831 items between commitments (in other organizations) and lists for review. If that figure is subtracted from the total number of voters in the country, it gives 7’324,065 available signatures.
At this point, the president of the National Electoral Council, Nubia Villacís, makes a statement. “Less than 50% (of the electors) wants to participate in politics. That means that (the universe of available signatures) is reduced. “But being generous and assuming that 50% want to participate in politics, it means that a little more than 3.6 million signatures are still available.
Here comes the inconvenience. Currently there are 234 organizations in the process of collecting signatures, of which 25 are national and require at least 190 thousand items to register. A simple formula of multiplication shows that only these 25 need 4’750,000 signatures, which registers a deficit of more than one million rubrics without counting those that the rest of 209 local movements will need.
“It is very difficult for organizations to obtain a valid signature. Of 10 signatures that are delivered 2.5 are valid, “says Villacís.
John Argudo, national president of the Nation party (in the process of being registered), believes that the obligation to personally disenroll from the CNE has reduced the number of signatures. “A citizen of Gualaquiza has to make a trip of almost 5 hours to Macas (Morona Santiago) to be able to disenroll. It is discriminatory treatment. That is a problem for all organizations. ”
There is another concern: time. August 24 is the deadline for groups that want to participate in the 2019 elections to hand over their signatures. It’s four months.
For Fanny Campos, national executive secretary of the United Diversity movement (also in registration), she believes that time is short. “Our movement will leave more adhesions and we are not few movements, we are some”.
The CNE must deliver on September 24 the list of organizations qualified for the 2019 elections. Those who do not manage to register can follow the process and participate in 2021, provided they find the signatures. (I)