Ecuadoreans Vote

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Ecuadoreans Vote

by Stephen Lendman

Ruling Alianza PAIS former vice president Lenin Moreno is vying with right-wing banker/businessman Guillermo Lasso to be Ecuador's next president.

Moreno barely fell short of a 40% threshold to win in first round February 19 voting – 39.4% to Lasso's 28.1%. Finishing third, conservative candidate Cynthia Viteri urged her supporters to back Lasso.

In round one voting, he complained about irregularities, providing no corroborating evidence. On Friday, he accused President Correa's government of rigging Sunday's election.

OAS Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation director Gerardo de Icaza said his mission "has not observed evidence of fraud," adding, "allegation(s) should be supported by evidence."

He explained Ecuador's National Electoral Council "has taken measures…to improve the process and make it more reliable and transparent."

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