The movement led by former President Rafael Correa has won the prefectures of at least seven provinces, including the three most populous.
On Sunday, Ecuadorians participated in the sectional elections, in which they elected the prefects and vice-prefects of 23 of the 24 provinces of the country, 221 municipal mayors, 1,307 urban and rural councilors, and 4,109 members of parish councils.
In these elections, the Citizen Revolution (RC), led by former President Rafael Correa, gained strength, winning, according to the results issued so far by the National Electoral Council (CNE), the prefectures of at least seven provinces.
Although there are only seven, of the 23 that were chosen, among them are the three most populated in the country, which are: Guayas, Pichincha and Manabi; to which are added Imbabura, Azuay, Sucumbios and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas.
These provinces add up to around 11 million people, totaling approximately 63% of the population of the entire countrywhich reaches 17.5 million.
In Pichincha, Manabi and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas they were reelected Paola Pabon, Leonardo Orlando and Johana Nunez, respectively, who had already governed those entities since May 2019.
In Guayas, the president of the RC, Marcela Aguinaga, was elected; in Azuay Juan Cristobal Lloret, in Sucumbios Yofre Poma and in Imbabura the count is led by Richard Calderon.
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In addition, the RC won the two main mayoralties in the country, that of Quito, the country’s capital, and that of the province of Pichincha, where Pabel Munoz won; and that of Guayaquil, where the victory went to Aquiles Alvarez.
According to the report of the National Electoral Council (CNE), in Quito, with 99.36% of the tally sheets processed, Munos reached 25.20% of the votes; leaving ex-mayor Jorge Yunda in second place, who got 22.20% of the votes.
Before running for this position, Munoz, who is a sociologist, served as a legislator in the National Assembly of Ecuador, from 2017 until September of last year; Previously, during the Correa government, he directed the National Secretariat for Planning and Development (Senplades) between 2013 and 2015.
Regarding Alvarez, his victory is considered historic, since ended more than 30 years of government of the Social Christian Party (PSC) in Guayaquil.
According to CNE data, with 93.65% of the tally sheets processed, Alvarez reached 39.74% of the votes, while Cynthia Viteri, from the PSC and who was seeking re-election, ranked second with 30.31%.
Alvarez is a businessman and is also known for having been part of the board of directors of the Barcelona Sporting Club, one of the most emblematic soccer teams in Guayaquil and Ecuador.
In addition to these two important mayoralties, former President Correa has pointed out, through his social networks, victories in the mayoralties of Santo Domingo, capital of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas; in the Quevedo, Buena Fe, Mocache, Palenque, Puebloviejo, Valencia and Ventanas cantons, in Los Rios; in the municipality of Esmeraldas, capital of the homonymous province, among others.
Among the triumphs is also that of Omar Menendez, who he was assassinated one day before the elections. The 41-year-old man was seeking the mayor’s office of Puerto Lopez, in the province of Manabi. In replacement, the RC proposed Veronica Lacas.