Ecuador Vote Count Delayed Until Wednesday as Protests Mount

BloombergEcuador’s top electoral authority will wait until Wednesday to announce whether the South American country faces a runoff presidential election, the organization’s President Juan Pablo Pozo said in a press conference.

As crowds of demonstrators gathered outside the offices of the National Electoral Council, or CNE, in Quito and other cities to demand the immediate publication of the results, Pozo told reporters “there is absolutely nothing to hide”. He said that the count has slowed down because the body needs to review inconsistencies affecting 5.5% of the returns.

Release of the results slowed to a crawl late Sunday. Lenin Moreno, the candidate of the ruling Alianza Pais movement, held a 10-point lead in the country’s presidential election over conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso but remained short of the threshold needed to avoid a second round runoff in April, according to preliminary results. …

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