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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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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