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Moreno Garners 51.16% as Ecuador Vote Tally Nears End

QUITO – Governing party candidate Lenin Moreno has 51.16 percent of the vote in Ecuador’s presidential runoff election, with 98.96 percent of the ballots counted, the National Electoral Council (CNE) said on Monday.

Opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, of the center-right CREO movement, has 48.84 percent of the vote.

Moreno, a former vice president and the standard bearer of the left-wing Alliance PAIS (AP) party, has a lead of more than 228,000 votes, garnering 5,040,360 votes to Lasso’s 4,811,838 votes.

Lasso, a businessman, alleged there were “rigging attempts” during Sunday’s election and said he had told Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Luis Almagro about the situation.

The CREO candidate said he did not trust the results due to the difference between exit polls and official results.

“We cannot permit attempts to distort popular will,” Lasso said during an address to his supporters Sunday night.

Lasso also noted that it took four days to obtain the results of the first-round presidential election in February, while on Sunday “they are trying to say that in 20 minutes the system switched off, went offline, with 90 percent votes later appearing as counted, from the earlier 20 percent.”

Some 12.8 million voters were eligible to cast ballots in the election to determine President Rafael Correa’s successor, who will take office on May 24.

 

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