Former right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso, who proclaimed himself president, was ahead of socialist Andrés Arauz by more than 9% after the second round of the presidential election in Ecuador on Sunday, according to results covering more than half of the votes counted, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE).
“On May 24th, we will assume with responsibility the challenge of changing the destiny of our homeland and to achieve for all the Ecuador of opportunities and prosperity to which we aspire”, declared the conservative, whose victory was recognized by his rival, the socialist Andrés Arauz.
The conservative candidate was at 54.64% of the vote against 45.36% to the dolphin of the former socialist president Rafael Correa (2007-2017), according to these partial results relating to 51.34% of the ballots counted.
The zero vote was around 17%, according to a calculation by Agence France Presse (AFP), with 925,141 votes. He was promoted by left-wing indigenous leader Yaku Pérez, who denounced a fraud after coming third in the first round, where the draw vote was only 9.55%.
Candidates neck and neck
Andrés Arauz led the poll on February 7 with 32.72% against 19.74% for Guillermo Lasso. But several polls gave them neck and neck at the end of the campaign for Sunday’s vote.
Shortly after the end of the election day, the Teleamazonas and Ecuavisa channels had disclosed two polls carried out at the exit of the polls, the Cedatos institute crediting Guillermo Lasso with 53.24% of the votes against 46.76% to Andrés Arauz, Clima Social placing the two candidates on an equal footing and therefore refraining from publishing the percentages.