This Wednesday, Ecuador’s National Electoral Council (CNE) confirmed that it has begun technical work to be able to call presidential and legislative elections following the dissolution of the National Assembly by Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso. He is facing impeachment.
The president of the electoral body, Diana Atamant, offered a press conference in which she informed of the steps that from this moment the body would follow for the election call. He stressed that “it is important that citizens know that those who have been elected for this electoral process will be elected to complete the term, that is, they will serve until May 23, 2025.”
The Election Officer explained that the work of the organization “is ready and therefore it is necessary to count immediately as soon as the budget is approved, that it will be planned with the criteria of absolute austerity.”
The organization indicated that it had 7 days to call the elections, while also delineating that the extension of the electoral calendar should “consider the time frame to meet the processes of internal democracy, the selection of candidates”. registration, challenges, among other things, given that the function of the CNE is to guarantee the transparency of elections to the citizenry”.
Enrique Pita, vice president of the CNE, specified that both the Electoral Function and the National Electoral Council of Ecuador should work together to “accept the challenge presented by the execution of electoral procedures.”
However, Peeta acknowledged the difficulty of organizing the dual election dates in only three months. Similarly, the official conceded that Lasso’s announcement took the institute “by surprise”.
Pita said, “The constitution stipulates that once the CNE plenary becomes aware of the Death Cross decree, we have 7 days to hold elections and 90 days to complete the electoral process.”