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LatinNews Daily - 22 February 2021

US backs Ecuador presidential vote recount

Ecuador: On 14 February Acting Assistant Secretary at the US Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung tweeted that the US government “applauds the 12 February announcement” by Ecuador’s national electoral council (CNE) to recount the votes cast for the 7 February presidential election in 17 of Ecuador’s 24 provinces. According to the tweet, “this allows the electoral process to advance with enhanced guarantees to the candidates and citizens alike. Such transparency – with clear rules and in the presence of party representatives, plus national and international observers – ensures public confidence in the results”. Chung adds that “the verification should begin quickly and the second round [of voting] guaranteed according to the electoral calendar”, with the second round of the presidential election scheduled to take place on 11 April.

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