Ecuador president urges officials to give accurate vote count quickly

QUITO (AFP) – Ecuador’s outgoing President Lenin Moreno called on the National Electoral Council (CNE) to deliver accurate election results quickly, as doubt remains days after the vote over who will join Andres Arauz in an April presidential run-off.

“The country needs the results, but also the total confidence in those results,” Moreno said in comments directed at the electoral body, which is still counting after Sunday’s general election.

Right-wing ex-banker Guillermo Lasso is narrowly clinging onto second place with 19.66 per cent, ahead of indigenous rights activist Yaku Perez at 19.61 per cent, with 2.59 per cent of votes still to be counted as of Wednesday evening.

Leftist economist Arauz is in front with 32.44 per cent of the vote.

“This afternoon it has become clear that we will be in the second round,” Lasso said, writing on social media that “the results will be consolidated in the coming hours”.

Moreno called on the CNE to “respond to every request for revision” of votes subject to inconsistencies and to do so with “the utmost transparency”.

Perez also called on his supporters to remain “calm… while waiting for the results patiently”.

“We do not want conflicts, we do not want to break the peace, we do not want violence,” he added.