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President of Ecuador calls for referendum in 2023

President of Ecuador calls for referendum in 2023

Quito, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador's National Electoral Council (CNE) officially approved the call for a popular referendum which President Guillermo Lasso intends to use to address the problems facing the country.

The plebiscite will be held on February 5th, 2023 simultaneously with the elections of local and municipal authorities, as well as new members of the Citizen Participation Council and Social Control (CPCCS).

The referendum, for which 18.08 million dollars will be allocated, contains eight questions on issues such as the environment, security, transparency, registration of political parties, formation of the legislature and the powers of the CPCCS.

According to the CNE, social and political organizations that wish to participate in promoting either of the two options (‘Yes’ or ‘No’), may do so between December 8th and December 12th, 2022. They also clarified that the electoral campaign will take place from January 3rd to February 2nd, 2023.

The plebiscite generates controversy in Ecuadorian society, as some consider it unnecessary and ineffective to solve national problems. The “Union for Hope” political coalition, rejected the procedure, considering it a smoke screen the Government will use seeking to mask up a year and a half of incompetence at all levels.

In a message broadcasted this Tuesday on the national television, Lasso defended his proposal and assured that the referendum is a tool to defeat everyone’s main enemy: drug crime and organized crime.

In the streets, many Ecuadorians do not even understand in depth the idea of the topics on which they must vote, since they are focused on their daily dilemmas: lack of employment, poverty, migration, all of which are not addressed in the government initiative.

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