AMERICA/ECUADOR - Still waiting for the election results, the Bishops call for truth and transparency

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Quito (Agenzia Fides) - "The final results of every popular election must always reflect the virtues of justice and the value of transparency. Political institutions have to guarantee them and build trust, the foundation of any civilized coexistence and real democratic order. Ecuadorian people do not want to be disappointed". This is what the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference said in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides.
According to data collected by Fides, on Sunday, February 19, 12 million Ecuadorians went to vote, but we still have to wait for the results of these general elections. A first assessment of the National Electoral Council (CNE) reports that presidential candidate Lenín Moreno is leading with 39.15% of the votes while Guillermo Lasso has 28,40%. This leaves open the possibility of a runoff. The CNE has asked for five days to officially give the results, but the tension among the population increases. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 21/02/2017)