Ecuador Elections in Doubt Due to Fraud.
Posted by QB on October 18, 2006
Quito, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Evidence of significant irregularities in Ecuador´s elections Sunday cast doubt on the official results declaring millionaire Alvaro Noboa of PRIAN (Renovador Institucional) leading with 26.24 percent.
With 79.72 percent of the votes counted, Rafael Correa of Alianza Pais, frontrunner in all the pre-election polls, was accounted 23.03 percent, Gilmar Gutierrez (Sociedad Patriotica) 17.72 and Leon Roldos (14.91).
Irregularities include the announced failure of the rapid count by E-VOTE company, the discovery of altered and as many as 10 percent missing ballots in Guayas Province , and photographic evidence of PRIAN members with marked ballots at voting stations.
Ricardo Patillo (Alianza Pais) denounced that Social Christian Alcer Villas, head of TSE planning, had plotted the fraud in secret meetings with executives of E-VOTE, the company hired to make the rapid vote count.
Patillo said their count gave Correa a half point lead over Noboa, and that this was done to snatch votes from Correa to go to the Nov 26 runoffs.
They even pushed for secret scanning but shifted to justify the fraud claiming a collapsed system, denounced congressional candidate Marta Roldos, sister of a presidential candidate, noting that the TSE has not announced the new members of Parliament and called for open-box, manual, transparent count.
Ecuadorian candidates Alvaro Noboa and Rafael Correa are defining on Wednesday their strategies for an intensive runoff campaign.
He announced he will not get involve in political bickering with leaders of other rightist forces that have refused to support him in the runoff.
Noboa, who led the October 15 voting, said his party will have 30 congress people and pleaded for a governability agreement with other rightist coalitions to achieve a majority in Parliament.
Meanwhile, his rival Correa, of the Alianza Pais, denied to change his message and stressed he will strive to explain his plans for the social sector to create jobs, housing and adequate nutrition.
Repeating his denunciations of fraud in Sunday s elections, he noted they are willing to make unconditioned alliances with grassroots movements but founded on a proposal and a project to recover the nation.
Both presidential runners are readying their campaigns amid protests in front of the Supreme Electoral Court in Quito, where a group of people have been demanding since Tuesday the resignation of its members.
Protestors are also claiming for clearness in the voting process following denunciations of hundreds of irregularities.
Noboa is the favorite to win this election because the corrupt politicians will rally behind him to form a government. Noboa other weapon is his money which he promised to shower on the people to buy the votes. The Ecuador established clearly is supporting Noboa with all these allegations of voting counting fraud charges coming out of the first round of elections.
Correa who is a real solution for the people unfortunately will loose. Correa who wants to implement his social reforms for the poor will be the real loser in this election. Noboa right wing Christian Conservative will be the shield for rich and US big corporations. The US media will jump in joy and claim that they have defeated Hugo Chavez in Ecuador elections and the evil socialism is stopped spreading in Latin America.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.