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Friday, October 03, 2008

Sturdy Yes for Ecuador Constitution

Sturdy Yes for Ecuador Constitution

Quito, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) The new Ecuadorian Constitution has reached 63.94 percent of national support, according to a release of the Electoral Supreme Court after counting 99 percent of ballots.

Of those, 28.09 percent were against the Constitution, 7.18 percent were void, and 0.74 percent returned blank voting papers.

Court president Jorge Acosta stated Tuesday that there are still some results missing from several localities of the Amazonian provinces of Pastaza, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe, because bad weather has impeded their transfer.

Nor has the country received official results from voting abroad, which although the figure is not relevant, “it is important to learn all Ecuadorians' will,” Acosta said.

Of 38,901 voting boards, there are still about 489 of those centers to be closed and to announce officially the Yes victory in the referendum on the Political Constitution, drawn up in a Constituent Assembly.

By analyzing voting in 24 Ecuadorian provinces, 70 percent of people in seven territories supported the constitutional text, with a no vote in Napo.

Political analysts and leaders from the Country Alliance Movement, by President Rafael Correa, noted that result as a victory, because the proposal to change the government has already started to shake the basis of the Christian Social Party in that city.

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