More than 1.7 million of the votes cast at the polls, representing a formidable 16.33 percent of the total, were counted as null, sending a message of disapproval to both candidates who participated in the runoff.
This way of voting had its consequences. Those 13 provinces where Yaku Perez obtained a majority of votes during the first round of elections were the ones that, in the end, were decisive in the victory of Guillermo Lasso.
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Yaku Perez and his party, Pachakutik, asked their supporters to vote null in protest for what they consider an electoral fraud in the first round of February 7, when after spending a large part of the count qualifying for the second round with Arauz, he was suddenly surpassed by Lasso by a mere 32,000 votes.
The electoral bodies dismissed his appeals and requests for a recount in several provinces of the country, including Lasso and Perez's agreement to request a recount, which Lasso himself retracted.
This position was recently supported by a faction within the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), an organization which, through a communiqué, expressed: "we make our official position (...) to promote the ideological null vote for organizational unity in rejection of divisionism and conjunctural demagogy in elections."