What will the second round be like in the Ecuadorian elections? | News

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Next Sunday, October 15, the presidential candidate of the Citizen Revolution (RC), Luisa González, and the candidate of the National Democratic Action coalition (ADN), Daniel Noboa, will face each other in the second round of the early elections in Ecuador.


Second round of early elections begins in Ecuador

More than 13 million Ecuadorians will go to the polls to choose who will be their president. This is the second round of voting after in the first round held on August 20, none of the candidates achieved a simple majority of 50 percent plus one.

The winner will succeed Guillermo Lasso and will finish the 2021-2025 presidential term, because, in May 2023, the current president decreed the dissolution of the National Assembly at the same time as the end of his presidential term, a mechanism called cross death , which allows calling for early general elections.

Candidates for the second round

Daniel Noboa, 35 years old, is a businessman, son of Álvaro Noboa, who was a presidential candidate on several occasions. Noboa seeks to create tax incentives and tax exemptions for new companies. In terms of security, he wants to strengthen the judicial system, combat cybercrimes and improve the prison system.

The candidate of former president Rafael Correa's party, Luisa González, 45, became the first woman to obtain such an important percentage in the first round of a presidential election with 33 percent of the votes in her favor, defends fighting crime, corruption and the strengthening of the Judiciary.

Who leads the polls in Ecuador?

Several pollsters authorized by the National Electoral Council (CNE) have presented their latest figures to the population.

The Comunicaliza company indicates that 41.5 percent of the Ecuadorians consulted would opt for Daniel Noboa. While the candidate Luisa González obtains 36.4 percent. In addition, 12.4 percent have not yet decided who they will give their vote to, while 9.7 percent will make the decision to vote blank or null.

According to the results of the Telcodata pollster, the representative of the Democratic Alliance would have 36.7 percent, while the candidate of the Citizen Revolution movement would have 36.4 percent. Although everything would be decided with those who still do not know who they will vote for, since this group represents 15.9 percent.

Another pollster called Negocios & Strategies places Noboa in first place with 39 percent, but González with 38.63 percent, which reflects how tight this second round is. And 17.07 percent have not yet decided who they will vote for.

What will happen to those who do not vote?

In Ecuador, voting is mandatory for the majority of the population. Voting is mandatory for citizens between 18 and 65 years of age, for young people between 16 and 17 years of age and for members, in active service, of the Police and the Armed Forces.

In the event that any person does not comply with their obligation to participate in the elections, a fine of 10 percent of the minimum wage will be imposed. People over 65, health professionals who worked on election day, if they were sick, disabled, had a domestic calamity, were involved in a traffic accident or were outside the country.

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