The march of hundreds of indigenous people, which left southern Ecuador a week ago, arrived in Quito on Tuesday February 23 to demand a new count of the February 7 ballot, after the exclusion of their presidential candidate from the second round for a minimal difference. “We have identified more than 16,000 electoral acts with inconsistencies, out of a total of 39,000”Yaku Perez, the first Native American to reach a presidential election in this country this far, told reporters.
Surrounded by his supporters marching in procession for several hundred meters, this 51-year-old environmental lawyer walked to the National Electoral Council (CNE) to file his appeal asking for the review of these acts established by the polling stations. At the cry of “Yaku, friend, the people are with you”, protesters waved the rainbow banners of the indigenous movement, without confronting law enforcement that surrounded the CNE headquarters. The march began last Wednesday in Loja, a border town in Peru, nearly 600 km from the capital.
The candidate of the Pachakutik party, political arm of the indigenous movement, “Presented the National Electoral Council with a right of objection”, so that “Verify what has been done by the electoral administration”, Santiago Vallejo, secretary of the CNE, explained to the press. The CNE has three days to decide whether or not to accept the appeal of Yaku Perez, who won 19.39% of the vote against 19.74% for the former right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso, 65, according to the reports. final results announced on the night of Saturday to Sunday, two weeks after the election.
The indigenous leader barely missed 32,600 votes the opportunity to play the second round scheduled for April 11 against economist Andrés Arauz, 36, foal of former socialist president Rafael Correa (2007-2017), came first on February 7 with 32.72% of the vote. “We only ask that the electoral process be transparent”, added Yaku Perez, by filing the electoral documents contained in 14 boxes.
The CNE on Tuesday rejected a request from the public control entity and the indigenous candidate asking to revise the electoral computer system before the second round.