QUITO (Reuters) – Tons of of Ecuadorean indigenous protesters arrived within the capital Quito on Tuesday to demand a recount of the Feb. 7 presidential election after official outcomes confirmed indigenous activist Yaku Perez didn’t advance to the runoff vote.
Perez, 51, has been strolling via the Andean nation to denounce what he calls manipulation of ballot statements that left him in third place, after left-wing economist Andres Arauz and conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.
The elections council on Sunday confirmed that Arauz and Lasso will advance to the April 11 runoff, with the ultimate tally exhibiting Perez lower than a share level behind Lasso.
Demonstrators arrived by bus in southern Quito on Tuesday carrying the flag of the Pachakutik social gathering that backs Perez. They congregated in a park and shouted slogans together with “transparency sure, fraud no.”
“We’re going to give the Nationwide Electoral Council one final likelihood,” Perez stated at a rally in a Quito park. “This fraud can not go unpunished, no person can conceal it.”
He later took bins with greater than 16,000 ballot statements that he says present inconsistencies to the elections council.
Candidates can file objections or contest the outcomes of the vote earlier than the electoral council or the elections court docket.
Perez desires a recount in 17 of Ecuador’s 24 provinces.
Arauz received the primary spherical with 32.72% of the votes, whereas Lasso obtained 19.74% and Perez 19.39%.
Perez made a surprisingly robust exhibiting after operating on a platform to guard water assets from the mining trade and to recuperate cash from corruption by earlier leaders.
“Yaku is a frontrunner and employee similar to us, he walks along with us,” stated Rosa Salinas, 58, who makes a residing weaving straw hats. “We wish transparency, we do not need politicians to deceive us.”
(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia, writing by Brian Ellsworth, enhancing by Mark Heinrich)
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