QUITO – Ecuador’s National Electoral Council (CNE) confirmed on Tuesday that Lenin Moreno, candidate of the governing leftist AP party, won last weekend’s presidential runoff.
With 99.65 percent of the ballots counted, Moreno leads rightist opponent Guillermo Lasso by 51.16 percent to 48.84 percent, the CNE chairman said in a televised statement.
Some 12.8 million Ecuadorians were eligible to vote in last Sunday’s election to choose a successor to President Rafael Correa, who took office in 2007.
Observers from the AP and from Lasso’s CREO movement were present for the tabulations by the respective provincial election boards and by the special panel established to process the ballots of Ecuadorians who voted abroad, the CNE’s Juan Pablo Pozo said.
“We guarantee, totally and absolutely, that both political organizations presented objections, challenges, and appeals through the institutional and legal channels appropriate to a constitutional state of rights and justice,” he said.
Ecuador, Pozo said, “has spoken freely at the polls and it is our civic and ethical duty to respect its voice and its vote.”
Alleging fraud, Lasso, a banking mogul, has signaled his intention to challenge the official results from the CNE.