OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Photo: Andes
Photo: Andes

QUITO.— The Alianza Pais candidate led the vote in first round voting, confirming his status as the favorite to succeed Rafael Correa as President of Ecuador.

With more than 72% of the votes counted, Moreno had garnered 38.66% - very close to winning in the first round. In accordance with the country's electoral law, to avoid a second round, a candidate must win over 50% of the vote or 40%, with a margin of 10% of the next closest candidate.

Lasso, with 28.9%, was close enough to Moreno to deny him a 10% advantage, indicating that apparently a second round will be required.

More than 300 accredited international observers were stationed at polling stations to verify that no anomalies existed.