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Political campaigning is on halt in Ecuador


Political campaigning is on halt in Ecuador

Quito, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The political campaigning is on halt in all of Ecuador from 00:00 hours, local time on Friday before the February 5 provincial and municipal elections, in which citizens will also have to respond to the referendum proposed by the Government.

According to the National Electoral Council (CNE), the political propaganda campaign and the dissemination of surveys, opinions, or images that may influence the voter’s decisions, are forbidden.

Sanctions will be applied in case of rallies or any other electoral program as the Ecuadorian Democracy Code establishes. The measure is in force both for the more than 61,000 candidates for the different positions in dispute and the campaign in favor and against the people’s consultation.

However, despite the legal regulations and possible fines, social medias, which were the main scenario of campaign, is exempted from controls of the electoral authority.

Additionally, the sale, distribution, or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed from Saturday to Monday, February 6, 2023.

The electoral process in Ecuador began this Thursday when 5,497 persons,deprived of their freedom without executed sentences, casted their votes.

This Friday, 711 other persons aged 50 years and older with physical disabilities peventing them from going to the polling stations on voting day, will vote.

More than 13 million Ecuadorians are called next Sunday to elect 23 prefects and vice-prefects, 221 mayors, 864 urban councilors and 443 rural councilors, and 4,109 parish board members.


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