Ecuador election: Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno in lead
Partial official results in Ecuador’s presidential election have put ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno in the lead – but he may face a run-off.
Left-wing incumbent Rafael Correa is standing down after leading the South American nation for a decade.
Mr Moreno has 38% of the vote with conservative Guillermo Lasso on 31%, based on about a quarter of returns.
To avoid March’s run-off, a candidate needs 40% and a 10 percentage point difference with the nearest rival.
Mr Moreno, a key figure in Mr Correa’s cabinet between 2007 and 2013, had been predicted to win the vote.
Centre-right Mr Lasso is a former banker who wants to create a million jobs.
Among Mr Lasso’s pledges is one to withdraw asylum rights from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in Londonsince June 2012.
Mr Moreno, who became paraplegic after being shot in the back in 1998 and has most recently served as UN special envoy on disability and accessibility, has tried to distance himself from Mr Correa in recent years.
This Andean nation could face days of uncertainty and tension as election authorities said Sunday’s contentious presidential vote remains too close to call — casting doubt on whether there will be a runoff.
The warning came as ruling party candidate Lenín Moreno assured his followers he was on the cusp of winning outright, and the opposition raised the specter of fraud.
National Electoral Council (CNE) President Juan Pablo Pozo said authorities were pushing forward with the count as quickly possible but that it could take as long as three days to determine if a runoff is merited, and five to eight days to have definitive results. While he acknowledged the delay would only heighten tensions, he said the results could come down to the final ballots.
looks like its going to run off..this election is fairly important for assange who needs ecuadorian support to stay in the embassy..
“Lenín Moreno assured his followers he was on the cusp of winning outright, and the opposition raised the specter of fraud.”
we will see..