UNASUR’s Electoral Mission informs that in accordance with its official announcement, the Mission accompanied the second-round presidential runoff in Ecuador. The accompaniment included activities by four technical preliminary groups, as well as the Mission’s work on both voting days (February 19 and April 2); and observation of the recount of votes in the Provincial Board of Pichincha on April 8 and in public audits convened by the Ecuadorian electoral authority.
The Electoral Mission also accompanied the recount of votes held on April 18 following the convocation by the National Electoral Council (CNE). The recount responded to the demands put forward by the political organizations participating in the second-round presidential elections, based on the regulations in force.
The Electoral Mission, together with national and international observers, media representatives, and delegates from each political organization, verified the normal development of the recount. The procedures implemented complied with the established standards in the regulations in force, including the protocols for results transmission and totalization of votes.
The CNE displayed the required human, technical, and logistic resources throughout the entire electoral process, included the April 18 recount of votes. In this regard, all political organizations had the chance to oversee the process, file appeals with the relevant offices, have representatives (either delegates or witnesses) at every vote reception board, and attend data processing stages.
As underlined in the past by UNASUR’s Electoral Mission, the only authority duly entitled to communicate and validate electoral results in Ecuador is the National Electoral Council, regardless of the existence of legal recourses such as electoral appeals or challenges, based on the relevant legal provisions in force in the Republic of Ecuador.
Quito, April 19, 2017