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Ecuador: Elections Amid Security Measures and Int’l Monitoring

  • Second round of elections in Ecuador. Oct. 15, 2023.

    Second round of elections in Ecuador. Oct. 15, 2023. | Photo: X/@SalaDePrensaEc

Published 15 October 2023
Opinion

Ecuador elects Guillermo Lasso's successor this Sunday in early presidential elections.

Security measures have been reinforced at polling centers in areas associated with violence by organized crime gangs. More than 300 international observers, including representative of the mission of the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU), among other international organizations, will help monitor the election.

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The President-elect will serve for the remainder of the current presidential and legislative term (2021-2025), beginning on November 25, 2023.

Around 13.5 million voters are called to choose between Luisa González, from the Citizen Revolution movement, and the young businessman Daniel Noboa, son of the five-time candidate Álvaro Noboa.

This is the second round of elections in Ecuador, following the first round in which Ecuadorians were shaken by the murder of candidate Fernando Villavicencio at the hands of organized crime.

The tweet reads, "The highest electoral authority, Diana Atamaint , said that the participation of citizens at the polls is 43.72% at 13h00. She also pointed out that 52.20% of men and 47.80% of women have voted at the preferential attention table nationwide."

If Luisa González wins the second round of elections in Ecuador, she will become the first woman president in the history of that South American country. To achieve this, she has a program of left-wing social and economic policies, demonstrating her capabilities as a woman politician capable of governing a country plunged in violence.

Security measures have been tightened at polling stations in coastal areas associated with organized crime gang violence, which has raised the homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants from 5.8 to 25.62, and could even rise to close to 40 this year.

More than 300 international observers, including more than 80 from the Organization of American States (OAS) mission, as well as a mission of experts from the European Union (EU), among other international organizations, will help monitor the elections.

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