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Moreno claims narrow victory but Lasso says he will challenge election results

Lenin Moreno declared victory Sunday night in Ecuador’s hotly contested presidential election. He told cheering supporters that he will continue the work of President Rafael Correa but said there would be changes in both substance and style. He admitted that his narrow victory indicated a deeply divided electorate.

Lenin Moreno claiming victory Sunday night.

Morerno’s challenger, Guillermo Lasso, said he will contest the results of the election, claiming voting irregularities and potential fraud.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, with 99% of the votes counted, Moreno led Lasso 51% to 49%, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE). The lead has remained virtually unchanged since the CNE announced the first results two hours after polls closed, with 92% of votes counted.

Election night gave early encouragement to both campaigns as two exit polls indicated opposite outcomes. Just after voting ended at 5 p.m., the Cedatos-Gallup poll called the race for Lasso, 53.02% to 46.98% while Perfiles de Opinion said Moreno was the winner, 52.2% to 47.8%. Later, after most votes had been counted, a third exit poll taken by the National Polytechnic School, gave Moreno a 51.15% to 48.85% advantage.

As the National Electoral Council (CNE) began releasing official vote totals at 8:30 p.m., the high spirits of Lasso and his campaign gave way to anger, with the candidate saying he would not accept a Moreno victory.

Lasso supporters tore down police barrier near the CNE headquarters in Quito after hearing the official results and there were sporadic fights between Lasso and Moreno supporters in Quito and Guayaquil. Other election night violence was reported in Ambato and Santo Domingo.

The Lasso campaign says it will file a formal complaint of voting irregularities with Electoral Court of Appeals (TCE), which will delay the CNE from issuing a final verdict in the election. The TCE has 48 hours to respond. Lasso said he would also file a complaint with the Organization of American States (OAS), which monitored the election.

Lasso’s challenge was bolstered when the Corporación Participación Ciudadana (PC), a non-profit organization that counted votes alongside CNE, reported at 9 p.m. that the race was too close to call. With 99% of the votes counted, PC said there was a separation between the candidates of less than .06%. PC’s count is not official.
Shortly after polls closed Sunday, international election observers as well as poll watchers from Moreno’s Alianza Pais and Lasso’s Creo party, said the vote had gone smoothly with no signs of voting fraud.
Almost 13 million Ecuadorian voters went to the polls on Sunday.
  • Frank Penny

    A tight race? Just have Mayor Daley come in and re-check the math.

    • Dogoslave

      No problem! Correa isn’t about to let his legacy fall by the wayside.

      • Pedro

        and why should he? It’s an excellent legacy……

        Ecuador is light years ahead of where it was when President Correa took office. You gringos simply haven’t been here long enough to understand this. God bless President Correa and his party!

        • lulgi

          I totally agree. Whenever I encountered an Ecuadorian declaring for Lasso, I inquired if he remembered what the 3 presidents before Correa accomplished. It amazes me anyone would want to return to those days, but that is exactly what they would get under Lasso, and more!

        • sueb4bs

          Arriba, Pedro….

        • Donald

          And you have interviewed most of “you gringos” and know how long “you gringos” (correctly spelled “you Gringos”) have actually been here? Also, does God get involved in political matters?

    • Globe Trotter

      When will politicians realize that the system is more important than who wins or loses. Isht on the system and you imperil each and every citizen and bring international contempt.
      Lasso should be thrilled, he had more of the popular vote than Trump did! The classy, patriotic thing for him to do is go for a walk in the woods.

      • Frank Penny

        That’s quite easy for someone to say, and another thing to do.

    • Josh

      Moreno would win in a landslide.

      • Frank Penny

        You’re “Joshing” me, right, Josh?

  • Pedro

    Violence because the cry babies don’t like the result? Spoiled brats complaining because they didn’t get their way (just like the leftist criminal backers of that woman in the United States).

    Voting fraud??? BS!! Prove it!!!

    • Donald

      Another moronic and unresearched comment from Pedro, the noted political scientist, criminologist, demographic expert and generally uninformed and misinformed observer of the contemporary domestic and international political scene. People like you, Pedro, are frequently wrong, but never in doubt.

      • Pedro

        Nice talk Donaldo. Please return to California ASAP.

      • Pedro


        Such animosity, such hate, such intolerance. I’ll pray for you.

    • Ed

      Amen, brother! Truer words were never spoken.

    • El Mashi

      Your statement is a contradiction. Where do you stand?

  • AAD

    three different exit polls gave lasso the advantage early on. only one did so in l.m.,’s favor, and that one is state owned, like the CNE is also controlled by the :winning party”. proof of fraud has been presented. they switched the numbers, Lasso’s for Moreno’s in many polling stations. Lasso won. the other party will be jailed. by the way, julian assange claims victory too. don’t you just love it?

    • Jason Faulkner

      1. Which pollster is state owned?

      2. What proof of fraud has been presented?


      1. None of them

      2. Lasso has yet to file a single legal challenge or present any evidence . . . just like he did in the first round

      You’ve been duped. You’ll get over it.

    • StillWatching

      Even though I didn’t have a dog in the fight (there were no Libertarians running), I do take pleasure in seeing you eat crow, but of course you’re drinking sour grapes instead of being a man and admitting you were wrong about the outcome.

      Perhaps one day you’ll grow up and follow mommie’s advice and take it like a man. For now, I guess we’ll just have to listen to your fables about election fraud.

      • El Mashi

        Excellent response.

        • StillWatching

          Thank you.

    • El Mashi

      Do you really believe that the people who were victims of financial fraud from the previous regimes, will vote for a corrupt banker (Lasso)who manages off shore tax heavens in Panama as President? You are grossly mistaken. The Ecuadorian elites chose one of their own, and the people rejected him. BIG SURPRISE.

  • Ken Shultz

    When looking at the history of politics in Ecuador, Correa has done a tremendous amount of infrastructure building and has brought stability and growth to Ecuador, unlike his predecessors. The reasoning behind Lassos popularity is that the people want to have something done for them directly; more freedom., increased wages and less socialist controls over society as a whole. There are a lot of “make work projects” in Ecuador, just to keep the less educated from rioting against the government. Things don’t get done for a reason.

  • ecexplorer

    It is close enough that the gringos that have had residency less that 5 years and voted fraudulently may have made a difference. A fraudulent vote for one candidate is a net two loss to the other. We may see some deportations in the near future.

    • Hipster Districtten

      With 95% of the vote in the spread was about 200,000 votes so that’s not credible.
      I’m reasonably certain the fraudulent Gringo votes were mostly for Lasso but I have no problem deporting ALL of them.

      • StillWatching

        Your post is completely devoid of common sense. The country wide population of Gringos is estimated by the ministry that keeps stats for Ecuador (search this article in the CHL archives) to be no more than ~40,000.

        Even if we were to grant your ridiculous premise that “most” of the fraudulent gringo votes were for Lasso, and we were to grant, arguendo, that half the gringo population has been here less than 5 years (which is pure fantasy, but we’ll grant it anyway) That would leave a pool of ~10,000 expat voters in the election (40K/2/2= 10K) who possibly could have voted fraudulently. If we were to say that Lasso received 80% of the fraudulent votes, that would mean that he got an additional 8,000 votes to Moreno’s 2,000. Let’s indulge your fantasy further and say that 100% of these “frauds” are caught and their votes are overturned. That would mean that 2k votes would be subtracted from Moreno’s total and 8K from Lasso, with a net loss to LASSO of 6,000 votes.

        Based on your claim that the current vote margin is 200,000 in favor of Moreno, wouldn’t your stupid claims result in Moreno gaining a 6,000 vote LARGER victory.

        Do you ever think before you post?

        • Donald

          A voice of reason. Thank you, Still.

          • StillWatching

            I have found that the voice of reason doesn’t speak to most people. Intellectual rigor annoys many people because it interferes with them allowing their wishes to be the father of their thoughts. That is why I always enjoy encountering the few people on this forum such as yourself, who are capable of employing logic and reason when they write. You are a breath of fresh air.

    • Globe Trotter

      Hipster is right. There are NOT 200,000 fraudulently voting Gringos in Ecuador.. And I agree that most Gringos are American, and they would have voted for Lasso. As for deporting fraudsters, why not?

      • StillWatching

        You read as poorly as hipster writes. Give it another shot and see if you can get the facts straight. Hint: I posted help for you just above this.

    • Jason Faulkner

      The vote spread was over 230,000 votes.

    • StillWatching

      Wanna bet?

    • Donald

      I have had residency for 3 years. When I showed the voting registration people my cedula, they already had all of my information and a photocopy of my cedula and they told me that I was eligible, handed me a ballot and invited me to vote. So apparently, 5 years of residency is no longer the rule, at least not all the time or perhaps not at every polling place. I have no interest in voting fraudulently or in getting deported nor, I suspect, do most Gringos.

  • El Mashi

    If Donald Trump had won the US presidency by the same margin that Lenin Moreno won, he’d be ecstatic. The United States has a president that got 3,000,000 less votes than the looser, Hilary Clinton. Anyway, the people of Ecuador did not want to elect a banker that runs a tax heaven in Panama. The elites in Ecuador, as usual, chose one of their own to run against the Citizens Revolution candidate, and the people of Ecuador said “HELL NO”!

    • Globe Trotter

      Actually, if Donald Trump had won the US presidency by the same margin that Lasso lost, he would also be ecstatic.

      I don’t believe there is a republic in the world, save the USA, where Donald could have won on his vote results. Truth is, all the old democracies have become dysfunctional.

  • Hector Valladares

    In Manabi, we are exited with and for our new president elected, Lenin Moreno……………the hell with Lasso and his professional agitator, Paez, we need to keep the stability we have enjoyed for the past ten years

  • Jason Faulkner

    To hear some of my sufridor friends say it, the complete and utter lack of any shred of evidence is in fact proof of the fraud. It’s amazing how thousands of observers from both parties and hundreds of international observers can’t point to any fraud but all these web browser detectives are convinced they know it happened. Cognitive dissonance works in mysterious ways.

    • StillWatching

      Facts, logic and reason mean nothing to these people.