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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Ecuador Tribunal Annuls Noboa Account

Quito, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) decided to freeze presidential candidate Alvaro Noboa´s campaign account, because it exceeds the established amount of $687,000 in this second round.

The TSE president Xavier Cazar highlighted that such decision was adopted after receiving an Electoral Expense Unit report, which confirmed that Noboa, the Institutional Renovative party (PRIAN), spent $922,091.

Five of seven members supported that resolution, which was immediately notified to the bank, to freeze the PRIAN deposit, Cazar said in a press conference in Quito.

Sources said the TSE members that rejected this measure belong to the political force of the presidential candidate and Sociedad Patriotica party.

The TSE head also demanded a permanent update of the presidential candidates, Noboa and his adversary of Alianza Pais Rafael Correa´s expenses from now on in the second electoral round.

According to the resolution, Noboa has 48 hours to present an appeal, which should be analyzed and resolved by the TSE plenary in a single hearing.

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