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Lasso remains defiant following election recount, claims ballots were ‘switched’

Former presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso says he refuses not respect the official election results, including Tuesday’s partial recount, continuing to insist that the vote counting process was fraudulent.

Lasso sticks to his guns.

“We will never recognize the victory of the candidate that the election commission is calling the president-elect,” Lasso said at Wednesday news conference. “The corrupt government currently in power used the entire apparatus of the state to make sure its candidate won,” he said.

Speaking at a Guayaquil hotel, Lasso thanked his supporters for continuing to believe in his cause, urging them to “remain in the streets until justice is secured.”

Lasso complained that Tuesday’s partial vote recount was not legitimate since members of his Creo party were not in attendance. Creo was invited to participate but declined based on its unmet demand that the recount include 100% of the votes. “The entire process was conducted by the government and its confederates and we were not witness to it.”

Earlier Wednesday, his vice presidential running mate, Andrés Páez, said that many of the vote recounted Tuesday were switched by the Correa government. “This election was stolen and we will not stand for it.” Lasso later repeated the claim of switched ballots and said other “illegal activities” occurred at the recount as well.

Meanwhile, Lasso supporter Jaime Nebot, mayor of Guayaquil, again asked Lasso to produce proof for his charges. “Until we have verifiable evidence all this is just noise,” he said.

  • Jason Faulkner

    “Lasso complained that Tuesday’s partial vote recount was not legitimate since members of his Creo party were not in attendance.”

    Lasso asked for 4000+ certificates to be recounted. Turns out 300 of those certificates were duplicates (real diligent work by his campaign staff there), so it came down to 3000 and change. As soon as the CNE granted the request to recount those ballots, he went to the TCE asking for the recount HE REQUESTED to be blocked, a request that was denied due to lack of any legal grounds presented by the applicant. He then boycotted the recount THAT HE ASKED FOR and now says the recount is illegitimate because he refused to attend.

    The result of the recount . . . he actually lost about 1400 votes and Moreno picked up about 500.

    For a guy who says he doesn’t want Ecuador to end up like Venezuela, he sure seems to be doing everything he can to copy the Venezuelan opposition’s playbook. He claimed fraud in the first round, said he had evidence, never presented it. He then claimed that 4000 certificates were fake. They were recounted, turns out there was no there there. Now he claims the ballots, the ones he impugned and demanded be recounted, over a million and a half of them, were switched. Once again, he hasn’t presented a single shred of evidence of that claim.

    it’s clear this loser doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to take his defeat with class, but since he said he won’t recognize any election overseen by the CNE, does that go for all the seats his party picked up in the National Assembly?

    • Jeff Van Pelt

      I agree with Jason. Lasso is revealing his character in the way he responds to defeat. Sounds like the voters made the right choice.

  • Jane

    Even Nebot has had enough. LOL

    “Until we have verifiable evidence all this is just noise,” he said.

  • wmateri

    At this point, Lasso is looking more and more like he wants to take over the government by coup (i.e. popular revolt in the streets). Above all, this kind of action is the most disrespectful of the democratic process in Ecuador. It is time for him to gracefully accept defeat at the ballot and for his marchers in the street to go home. Find a better candidate and platform next time. For now, let Moreno and Glas get on with their work.

  • Rebecca

    Mr. Lasso, give it up. If you really care so much about Ecuador you would not incite this agitation. It is not good for Ecuador’s political stability and certainly not good for the people whom you profess to care so much about. Just run again in the next election. and work with people who are running for office in the future. Do you think we love Trump in the US? Most don’t. Are we working to make positive changes? Every day. Do you think we would risk a complete destabilization of the country so we could get our person in power? No. The world goes on even if you don’t get your way Mr. Lasso.

  • Reyes Alex

    I also agree with Jason. Further, it may seem Lasso’s effort to take control over the gov’t is a failed attempt of the (wealthier) 1% to take over. Have you all seen the leaked video of one of Lasso’s supporters shoving a blind man to the ground for supporting Moreno, while yelling at him “You’re used to living off the gov’t’s handouts (bonos).” But for the older man’s daughter stepping in, the older man would’ve been badly hurt; the recording of it itself is proof the arrogance of the rich hurts us all 🙁

    • Jason Faulkner

      That wasn’t just one of Lasso’s supporters. He was a member of his campaign staff.

  • PNut67

    Thought this was an article on the American election 2016. Was thinking…Why are they still talking about the election?