Ecuador will hold presidential elections and National Assembly (Parliament) elections on the 7th. 13.09 million voters across the country will vote for the new president and members of the National Assembly.
In the presidential election that day, 16 people including the candidate of the Alliance of Pakatan Harasco representing the center-left front and Guillermo Lasso, the candidate of the right-wing movement for creating opportunities and the Christian Socialist Party Union, participated in the election. A few days ago, polls showed that Alaus’s support rate was about 37%, and Lasso, who was running for the third time, ranked second with a support rate of 24%. The support of the other 14 candidates was scattered.
From 7:00 to 17:00 local time, voters can go to 38,800 polling stations across the country to vote. In addition to electing the president, voters also elect 137 members of the National Assembly and 5 members of the Andean Parliament representing Ecuador.
To ensure the smooth progress of the general election, the Ecuadorian government dispatched more than 80,000 police and soldiers to maintain order. The European Union and the Organization of American States also sent observers to monitor the election. A reporter from Xinhua News Agency saw at a polling station in the north of the capital Quito, voters wearing masks lined up to enter the polling station in order.
Ecuadorian elections are held every four years. Ecuador’s Election Law stipulates that the candidate who gets more than half of the votes in the first round of voting, or who gets more than 40% of the votes and leads the second place by more than 10 percentage points, is elected president; if the above conditions are not met, the candidates with the top two votes The second round of voting will be held on April 11, and those who get more votes will be elected.