Second round runoff today to decide the new President for Ecuador


Ecuador returns to the polls today in a second round runoff in the presidential election. Lenín Moreno of the ruling left-wing PAIS Alliance is facing Guillermo Lasso of the centre-right CREO (Creating Opportunities).

Moreno took 39.36% of the vote in the first round on 19th February and Lasso took 28.09%. The latest opinion polls suggest that Moreno is on 44.3% and Lasso is on 41.3% with Moreno’s vote slowly dropping from a peak in late February when he was on 59% support. Independent observers believe the final result could be very close.

There are 12,816,698 eligible voters voting across 44,510 polling stations between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time. Voting is compulsory and overseas voting is also taking place. The Electoral Commission (CNE) has said that it expects the results of a ‘quick count’ to be known by 8 p.m. local time.

The new president will take over from incumbent President Rafael Correa on 24th May.

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