Ecuador’s opposition calls for full recount of presidential votes

It ain’t over till it’s over, so they say. In Ecuador, that may apply to conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso, who continues challenging the result of the presidential runoff held on April 2. On Wednesday he filed a complaint with Ecuador’s electoral council demanding a full recount of the votes, which is legal.

Final official results show he lost to leftist Lenín Moreno, the emollient protégé of fiery President Rafael Correa, by 226,596 votes. A recount of nearly 300,000 votes confirmed such a result, but at a press conference on Wednesday Mr Lasso, once again, vented accusations of fraud. “This is not a whim,” he said.

“If they say the process has been transparent, they should not be afraid of a recount,” he said, as hundreds of his supporters took to the streets.

“Demands for recount won’t change election outcome,” Eurasia Group said in a note earlier this week, “still, continuing doubts around the validity of the results will dent Moreno’s legitimacy and worsen governability challenges.”

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