In accordance with the regulations in force on the Electoral Missions of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), this Saturday April 1, the General Coordinator of the Mission, Alexander Vega, submitted the Preliminary Report of the Mission on the 2017 Presidential Elections (Second Round) in Ecuador, to the Chair of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of the country, Mr. Juan Pablo Pozo.
During the submission meeting, held in the city of Guayaquil, José Mujica, former Uruguayan President and Special Representative of UNASUR’s Electoral Mission, officially launched the activities on his agenda.
Mujica explained, “We have to struggle to achieve peace, but that does not mean we are exempted of having differences. Democracy is not perfect, and the process to which all Ecuadorians are called for with this elections will surely strengthen it. However, following the decision by the citizens through their votes, life goes on in Ecuador, and the country should keep its fight to achieve progress.”
Likewise, the Special representative stated, “Elections mean a decision which engenders a government with circumstantial majority; it does not mean the beginning of a war.” Mujica also urged the Ecuadorians to participate in the electoral event of April 2 in a civic-minded manner.
Furthermore, Alexander Vega underlined the improvements and innovations implemented by the CNE during the elections, and requested the political actors in Ecuador, as well as its citizens, to keep calm and to trust in electoral institutional framework.
Following this encounter, the Electoral Mission met with representatives of survey companies, as well as with the candidate running for the vice-president position on behalf of Alianza Pais party, Mr. Jorge Glas.
Later on, Mr. Guillaume Long, the Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of his Government, welcomed the members of the Mission who will be in the country until next Monday.
Finally, the Special Representative and the General Coordinator of the Mission met with delegates from the public and private media of Ecuador, as well as with members of the other running option, CREO political party, headed by the National Chair of the movement, Mr. César Monge. The activities of the day finished with a meeting with the CNE delegation and Board from the Guayas province.