Polls close in Ecuador slightly favoring Arauz

Correismo candidate, Andrés Arauz, economist. Photo EFE.

The candidate of the Union for Hope (Unes) to the Presidency of Ecuador, Andrés Arauz will face on Sunday, April 11, the candidate of the political parties Creo and PSC, the right-wing banker and businessman Guillermo Lasso.

Through their campaigns, which close on Thursday, both candidates seek to gain the majority of voters who, during the first round (February 7), favored some of the 14 former presidential candidates, who capitalized 47,54 per percent of valid votes cast, according to local media.

During the last days, several former candidates announced their support for Lasso's campaign, while Isidro Romero (Avanza movement) did so for Arauz.

On April 2, the pollsters Clima Social, Perfiles de Opinión, Eureknow, Ipsos and Omar Maluk reported that Arauz leads the vote.

Despite the dirty campaign of the right against him, the Unes candidate obtained in these polls balances between 34 and 48 percent of the citizens, compared to lower figures for Lasso.

Only the polling station Cedatos captured a different result, reporting 38,2 percent of voting intention for Lasso, compared to 35,2 percent for Arauz.

Elections, pandemic and promises

The candidate of the Union for Hope (Unes) to the Presidency of Ecuador, Andrés Arauz, ratified this Wednesday in meetings with sectors and through his Twitter account his commitment to the health of the population, the reactivation of the economy with inclusion , respect for diversity, support for peasants and indigenous people and other projections sustained throughout the electoral contest.

Among other campaign events, Arauz held a meeting at the trade union center of the Ecuadorian Labor Parliament, where he reiterated his purpose to dignify work and specify the main demands of the working class.

She also went on a walk with women in the Chillogallo neighborhood, south of Quito (capital), where she addressed the need to alleviate the economic situation of families. On this issue, he recalled that his priority will not be the bankers.

He also referred to the purpose of recovering community security and listed actions to improve the confrontation with crime, but emphasized that he will adopt an economic policy focused on the majority and on improving the management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The progressive candidate, whose running mate is Andrés Rabascall, also met with indigenous leaders, to whom he reiterated that his government will work to pay off a historic debt with these peoples and nationalities, "with respect for their multinationality and interculturality," he said.

The right faces a generational duel

Former banker Guillermo Lasso will seek to regain power for the right wing in the second electoral round for the Presidency on April 11, in what constitutes his third attempt to govern the South American country.

Lasso, 65, will face leftist Andrés Arauz, a 36-year-old economist who is mentored by former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017), of whom the former banker is a critic.

According to analysts, the ballot will be a duel between generations, although Lasso describes it as the opportunity to vote for the change he offers, should he win the presidency.

"This April 11 we have two options: the one that represents the past that led us to this crisis or we who propose solutions to achieve an Ecuador of opportunities for all," said Lasso, who defines himself as "tolerant" and "democratic" .

For Lasso, however, the second electoral round will be the opportunity to take revenge on Correa, who thwarted his jump to the presidency in the 2013 elections.
Correa was then re-elected for a second presidential term with more than 57 percent of the votes, compared to just over 22 percent of the votes that Lasso won.

The businessman, who is also a businessman, once again lost the race for the Presidency in the 2017 elections to the current president, Lenín Moreno, who Correa promoted as his successor.

After breaking with Moreno, due to political differences, Correa encouraged Arauz to resume his political project called Citizen Revolution with a socialist tinge.

In the first electoral round held on February 7 of this year, Arauz obtained 32,72 percent of the votes, while Lasso obtained 19,74 percent of the votes.

Faced with a polarized political scene, seven of the 14 candidates who participated in the February 7 elections have shown their support for Lasso's candidacy, who has said that he prefers to assume a position of humility and respect for the will of the people in the urns.

With information from agencies

 

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