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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Interesting fact about election results in province Manabi, Ecuador. February 2017.

As you probably know, an earthquake occurred in Ecuador on April 16, 2016 with a moment magnitude of 7.8. Widespread damage was caused across Manabi province, with structures collapsing. Why these structures collapsed? Buildings (including hotels and hostals) had collapsed because of poor construction. First, concrete cement was mixed with sea (beach) sand, that sand is too salty and affected the concrete strength. Second, buildings simply fell over themselves or violently inclined because the foundation could not bear to the upper floors.
Portoviejo, the capital the Province of Manabí.
April 2016. Photo:El Comercio

Portoviejo, the capital the Province of Manabí.
April 2016. Photo:El Comercio
Manta, Province of Manabí. April 2016.

and Manabi is one of Ecuador’s main tourist destinations!

The whole world donated money to Ecuador to help people of Manabi who lost their houses and business (constructed with salty sea sand), to survive and rebuild. However majority of these who lost their houses, business, still live in now rotten tents. Where is the money?
Taxes were raised in Ecuador, IVA was 12%, now 14% to fund earthquake recovery.  IVA translates in English as value added tax (VAT). However majority of these who lost their houses, business,  still live in now rotten tents. Where is recovery?

Nevertheless 53,89% of people of Manabi voted for the current regime.

There is movement in Ecuador now, online, mostly Facebook and Twitter, slogan "Nunca más pisen Manabí!"  I let you do your own translation for this.

Election drama continues..

Voting in Ecuador. February 2017.

In 2013 and 2014 I could see my polling place (in Centro Historico) from far away on election day: lots of police and soldiers. There were soldiers with serious weapons in front of every voting room(junta). In 2017 my impression was that we had less of military presence at the polling place where I voted. 
  Election process was very well organized on February 19, 2017 - I was directed to a room #X. In the room they had two tables with election workers, one table had women workers only and another - men only. In front of the room there were two lines of people who came to vote, men in one line and mujeres in the other. Men would go to the "men" table and, accordingly, women to the "women" table.
I received five ballots papers and I have to say it wasn't easy to vote. The question in "consulta popular" about tax heavens and politicians was constructed in a way it was almost impossible to understand it: double, triple negative in a single grammatical construction.
On a ballots voters supposed to follow rules that weren't easy to find, nevertheless if you don't follow them you vote is not counted.
 For example if you cross the box on a ballot - your vote is not valid, if you put any character except one that legally valid - your vote is null. To find out how to vote correctly I had to watch a few videos I found at El Comercio site and on a Facebook. 

Voting is obligatory for Ecuadorian citizens and optional for residents. Ecuadorians must present recent Certificado de Votacion when dealing with bureaucracy and banking system, without Certificado de Votacion they won't be served. If they missed voting they have to go to CNE(Consejo Nacional Electoral) and pay fine to receive Certificado de Votacion.  

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ecuador elections 2017 in numbers. Quito, Ecuador. February 2017.

General elections were held in Ecuador on February 19, 2017 alongside a referendum on tax havens. Voters supposed to elect a new President and National Assembly. Incumbent President was not eligible for re-election, having served two terms. 
If no candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote, or secures more than 40% of the vote and is at least 10% ahead of their nearest opponent, a runoff election will be held between the top two contenders on 2 April.
There is one presidential candidate from current regime and seven presidential candidates not affiliated with current regime.
Basically Ecuadorians choosing right now - to be(current regime) Cuba or Venezuela or not to be(changes).
As for February 21, at 7:40 a.m. in Quito we have results:
CNE 93,4% VOTOS ESCRUTADOS (counted votes)
CNE means Consejo Nacional Electoral
Presidential candidate from current regime has 39.18%
Seven presidential candidates not affiliated with current regime have: 
Total for seven candidates: 60.82%