With an official ceremony at the headquarters of the National Electoral Council (CNE), in Quito, led by the electoral authorities and Government and under a strict security procedure, the elections were inaugurated.
This is an unprecedented day in democratic history, Ecuador will elect its next president to complete the period until 2025 in a process organized in less than three months that tests the technical and operational capacity of the institution, said the head of the CNE, Diana Atamaint.
In the event, which was attended by President Guillermo Lasso, ministers, the police and military high command, as well as observers, among other guests, Atamaint mentioned that 4,390 electoral precincts and 25 processing centers will be monitored. of military and police personnel.
All State institutions are working to guarantee safe, transparent, free, and informed elections, the official said.
For his part, Lasso called on Ecuadorians to have a civic day, in peace, with love, despite the context of insecurity in the country.
In his opinion, the next president will receive a country that has strengthened its democracy and the economy of rebirth, that the institutions have been recovered and repositioned internationally, even if more than 80 percent of the citizens the one who reject his management.
The president declared that this Sunday, “we will ensure security, transparency, and respect for the popular will.”
The president of the Contentious Electoral Tribunal, Fernando Muñoz, assured that Ecuadorians can rest assured that their votes will be respected.
We are here to fulfill our mission of monitoring and guaranteeing the right to choose and be elected, as well as participation in political organizations, added Muñoz.
The election is scheduled until 5:00 pm (local time) when all precincts will close and counting will begin.
As announced by the authorities, the first official results will be available an hour and a half after the start of the count.
Ecuador came to this process after President Lasso ordered in May the crucifixion, a constitutional mechanism by which he dissolved the parliament in the middle of the impeachment process against him, bringing the end of his mandate and calling for early that election.