According to the National Electoral Council (NEC), those who will chose not to vote this May 7th in the coming Ecuadorian Referendum must pay $ 34.40 as a penalty.
Edwin Jimenez, NEC Logistics Chief, said that according to art. 202 of the Democracy Code, the fine will be 10% of base salary, it means $ 26.40. In this amount the value of a form must be added, which currently is $8.00.
Moreover, CNE Vice President, Carlos Cortez noted: “It is an obligation to give the vote, we must go to vote. The important thing is to attend (the referendum)to let others that this democracy instrument is valid (…)”.