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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Ecuador Electoral Registration Starts

Quito, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Restarting activities in 2009 also includes the beginning on Monday of candidate registration for the general elections in April and June, to choose 5,964 positions.

It is the most complex electoral process in the history of this country, because the nation's president and vicepresident should be elected, as well as the five members of the Andean Parliament, 130 members of the National Assembly (Parliament), 25 prefects and viceprefects, 221 mayors, 1,581 town councilors and 3,985 parochial committee members.

Faced with that situation, the National Electoral Council (CNE) decided to divide elections into a first voting on April 26 and another vote on June 14.

In April, the head of State and his vicepresident will be elected, the mayors and prefects, viceprefects and parliamentarians, while the Andean legislators, town councilors and the heads of parochial committees.

According to the CNE, the registrations of candidates will conclude in 30 days and the electoral campaign will develop from March 23 to April 23, and will be financed by the State.

This electoral period will develop differently from the previous others, because instead of provincial electoral tribunals, there will be Provincial Electoral Committees (JPE), which were constituted the past week.

CNE member Fausto Camacho highlighted that the JPEs will be in charge of receiving the registrations, classify them, watch over the challenging or appealing process and shape the committees that will receive the vote of their provinces, among other tasks.

Once the National Electoral Council announces the election results, the 24 provincial committees will be dissolved, he said.

As a novelty in these elections, the members of the Armed Forces and the Police will vote for the first time, as well as minors from 16-18 years of age, unsentenced prisoners, foreigners that have been living in the country for over five years and Ecuadorians that live abroad that have previously registered at the respective consulates.

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