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The second ballot is scheduled for next April 11, where the new president of Ecuador will be finally decided. Photo: Santiago Arcos.

Ecuador's indigenous candidate reports possible electoral fraud

The indigenous candidate Yaku Pérez says the results of the February 7 vote could have been the result of fraud.

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The candidates for the presidency of Ecuador, Yaku Perez and Guillermo Lasso, are disputing the second position in last Sunday's elections; however, Perez has filed this Thursday with the Attorney General's Office a complaint about possible fraud against him.

With Andrés Arauz leading the polls with 32.67 percent of the votes, the second round is scheduled for next April 11, where the new president of Ecuador will be finally decided.

The political party Pachakutik has filed this Thursday a criminal complaint against members of Ecuador's National Electoral Council (CNE) for the alleged crime of electoral fraud. The protest has been filed before the Provincial Prosecutor's Office of Guayas to initiate an investigation into a possible irregularity detected in the CNE's computer system, whereby many votes that corresponded to Perez were finally in favor of Lasso. This complaint will be taken to the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and the United Nations.

With 99.93 percent of the votes processed, Lasso has 19.72 percent of the endorsements, followed by Perez with 19.42 percent. The close result will define the second place in the electoral race and Arauz's competitor in the second round.

The indigenous movement called for a national mobilization to "defend democracy" and in the face of possible fraud.  The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Amazon of Ecuador (CONFENIAE) has urged the CNE to "respect the popular decision expressed by the Ecuadorian people on February 7, demanding the transparency of the electoral process.

Yaku Perez assured that if the Electoral Council expedites and makes transparent the counting of all votes, he and his party will acknowledge the result, but has demanded the CNE that the recount of the votes involve the seven provinces of the country where fraud against him is presumed to have occurred.

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