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To: ms.smartest.person who wrote (5100)10/20/2006 11:37:45 AM
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Ecuador Demands Election Answers

Quito, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Demands for accountability in the electoral process are resounding all over Ecuador Thursday, with PRIAN candidate (Renovador Institucional party) Alvaro Noboa officially leading with 26.20 percent of the votes.

Although the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) speeded up its work and started the ballot count to fill the information blank left by the E-VOTE company´s computer failure, calls to count vote by vote do not stop.

“One by one, ballot box by ballot box,” was the demand by Alexis Ponce, Human Rights Permanent Assembly (APDH) spokesman, complaining he still doesn´t know how many null and void votes there were for the legislators elected on Sunday.

He said problems and irregularities continue coming to light in Orellana, Esmeraldas, and other territories.

The electoral organization agreed to scrutinize 15 percent of the ballot boxes in Guayas Province, where serious irregularities in favor of the Social Christian and PRIAN parties were reported. Also, 831 ballot boxes were opened in Manabi due to numerical inconsistencies so a dozen people counted the ballots one by one.

Jose Dominguez, TSE president in Manabi, said 19 presidential ballots are still missing.

Congressional Supervision Committee chair Ricardo Ulcuango asked for the TSE to resign, accusing them of responsibility of delayed reporting of results, something that had not happened in the country for 28 years, he said.

As of now, TSE official data place candidate Rafael Correa in second place, with 23.03 percent of the votes, with 92.11 percent counted.

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