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Observers fret about flaws in Ecuador’s telematic voting system

Quito, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) International observers praised on Monday the popular participation in Sunday's elections in Ecuador, where 82% went to the polls, although they regretted difficulties with the telematic vote from abroad.

Venezuelan lawmaker Fernando Bastidas told Prensa Latina he considered that even though many migrants were unable to vote, interest in participating in the democratic process was crystal-clear.

Bastidas pointed out that although it is mandatory for people from 18 to 65 years old in Ecuador, he perceived the attendance as a civic duty of the citizens. Meanwhile, Patricia Lorenzo, representing the Association of Women Electoral Magistrates of the Americas, stood out the gender parity achieved in the candidacies, where 50% were women because of national regulations.

In general, observers acknowledged the work of the Armed Forces and the National Police, which allowed the elections to take place without violent incidents.