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Andean Parliament elections close in Ecuador

June 15, 2009

The Andean Parliament elections in Ecuador closed on Sunday after voters cast ballot to elect five parliament members and 3,985 members of the district boards.

The poll, from 7:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. local time (1200 GMT to 2200 GMT), saw very low turnout, officials from the National Electoral Council (CNE) said.

They didn't give the specific time when the results would come out.

In Ecuador, citizens above the age of 18 are eligible to vote.

Some 30,600 police officers have been deployed to ensure order. Delegates from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) also took part in poll monitoring as observers.

The Andean Parliament, established in 1979, is the Andean Integration System's deliberative body that represents members of the CAN, which groups Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Source: Xinhua

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