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  • CNE is willing to give $ 3.5 million to political organizations as a party fund.

    CNE is willing to give $ 3.5 million to political organizations as a party fund. | Photo: El Comercio

Published 5 February 2020

With the reforms introduced in the new Democracy Code, the National Electoral Council of Ecuador gets ready for the next presidential polls.

The National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE) introduced the new Democracy Code ahead of 2021 general elections for both President and assembly.

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Among the main changes in the code, there is gender parity in the formulation of electoral lists and the creation of a new computer system for the control of campaign spending.

Furthermore, the Contentious Electoral Tribunal does not have the power to dismiss the members of the CNE, and that candidates in a second electoral round that do not obtain at least four percent of the votes have to return 50 percent of the public money received.

Diana Atamaint, President of the Council, told the press that with these reforms, the Council could start the arrangements for the next presidential election, just a few days after the Commission of Supervision of the Assembly decided not to carry out a political trial against her.

The CNE is prepared to give 3.5 million dollars to political organizations as a party fund. However, with new regulations, political parties must assign 70 percent of their sum to the formation and training of political cadres.

Ecuador's General and parliamentary elections for February 28th, 2021, will be the first since Lenin Moreno turned his back on the movement that got him elected.

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