Ecuador election council agrees to recount 1.3 million votes

2017-04-15 07:46
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.  (AFP)

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa. (AFP)

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Quito - Ecuador election officials will recount nearly 1.3 million votes cast in the Andean nation's presidential election, though opposition leader Guillermo Lasso on Friday dismissed the gesture as a farce that would do nothing to quell accusations of fraud.

The National Electoral Council announced late on Thursday it would recount all ballots contested by both parties, about 10% of the total vote.

Official results from the April 2 election showed conservative former banker Lasso lost by less than 3 percentage points to President Rafael Correa's handpicked successor, Lenin Moreno. International observers including the Organisation of American States have said they found no irregularities, though Lasso claims his campaign found numerous inconsistencies and has refused to accept the official results.

Council president Juan Pablo Pozo has said reviews show no evidence of fraud but said he agreed to a recount for "the tranquility of the country".

Analysts viewed the election as a test of the legacy of Correa's "Citizens' Revolution".

Moreno vowed to continue the president's platform of promoting social benefits like expanded access to education and healthcare, while Lasso put forward a pro-business agenda he said would lift Ecuador's slumping economy and generate new jobs.

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