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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Alianza Pais Readies for Elections in Ecuador

Quito, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The movement Alianza Pais (AP), led by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, is ready for the primary elections next Sunday.

Ten thousand precandidates nationwide are running for a popular candidacy, said Policy Minister Ricardo Patiño, one of the main AP leaders.

It is an unprecedented process in this country and this political organization will be the only one that will hold open primary elections, he added.

Patiño called on people to participate in the January 25 elections to elect the AP candidates to some 6,000 posts.

He pointed out that the elections will be financed with 2,757,289 dollars handed over by the National Election Council (CNE).

Six million ballots will be distributed in 2,400 electoral colleges throughout the country, so that people can vote for the AP candidates to public posts.

Manuela Gallegos, president of the AP Election Tribunal, said participation would be voluntary for the party's members and supporters, and for citizens over 16 years of age who have registered to vote.

Results will be made public four days after the elections, and candidates will be immediately registered at the CNE.

Voters will elect the candidates to the presidency and vice presidency of the Republic, national and provincial assemblies, town halls, councils and parochial boards.

Although Correa has no rivals within the AP, his name was included in one of the ballots, as a way to know how much popular support he gets.

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