Four days from general elections in Ecuador, four pollster companies confirm the victory of Rafael Correa, presidential candidate running for re-election on behalf of the party Alianza PAIS.
Paulina Recalde, Director of the pollster, Perfiles de Opinión (Opinion Profiles) informed this Thursday that the current Ecuadorian president has 62% of the intended vote, followed by blank votes at 15%, and trailing behind at 9% is the conservative candidate, Guillermo Lasso of the CREO party.
Behind Lasso are null votes, 4%; Lucio Gutiérrez, 4%; Alberto Acosta, 3%; Álvaro Noboa, 2%; Mauricio Rodas, 1%; and with less than 1% are candidates Norman Wray and Nelson Zavala.
Ecuadorians will vote on February 17 for their president and vice-president, as well as for 137 members of the National Assembly. Electoral campaigning will be allowed from January 4 until February 14.
Under the new constitution adopted by referendum in 2008, candidates must be “promoted in a fair and equitable way”. The Ecuadorian National Electoral Council has therefore established an electoral spending limit of US$1,749,000 for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
This amount doesn’t include media and billboard advertising, as that is assigned to each candidate from a state budget.
In the current National Assembly women represent 32.26% of the members.