Ecuador elects President this Sunday in the second round

Andrés Arauz, from the leftist Unes coalition, and Guillermo Lasso, representative of the center-right Creo-PSC, compete in the last days of the campaign for the votes of the fourteen former presidential candidates who achieved 47.54% of the votes in the first round. Political analysts agree that the candidates have reformulated their electoral strategies for the second round, which will take place next Sunday, with the aim of reaching those voters, among whom are representatives of minorities, environmental defenders, workers , peasants and indigenous people. Experts believe that the finalist candidates are seeking to build trust with the voter, connecting with the causes that were dismissed in the first round, such as culture, gender equality, the environment and minority rights, reasons why, candidates have been more flexible in their speeches in the final stretch of the campaign. On the other hand, and despite the worsening of the coronavirus pandemic in Ecuador, authorities of the National Electoral Council (CNE) assured today that the development of the presidential elections this Sunday will not stop, and that biosecurity measures were adjusted to avoid contagions. The president of the CNE, Diana Atamaint, confirmed the holding of the elections and that it will seek to avoid the long lines that were observed in the voting centers during the first round. "Opening the doors does not mean allowing everyone to enter in a disorderly way, it means that the lines will have a fluid circulation, keeping the required distance", clarified the president of the CNE. Faced with a new spike in infections, the Ecuadorian president, Lenín Moreno, declared last Thursday a state of emergency for 30 days in several provinces of the country, where about 12 million people live, 70% of the 17.4 million of inhabitants of the country. "I have signed Decree 1282 declaring a State of Exception for 30 days in the provinces of Pichincha, Guayas, Manabí, Azuay, Loja, Santo Domingo, El Oro and Esmeraldas, with a curfew from April 2 to 9," he reported on Twitter the president and attached a text with the details. However, in view of the presidential ballot on April 11, the provision establishes "specific actions to guarantee this right" in the affected sectors. Ecuador counts 337,000 cases of coronavirus and about 17,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.