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Ecuador’s National Electoral Council (CNE) registered 16 presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the election, with opinion polls pointing to a three-way race between Andrés Arauz, Guillermo Lasso and Yaku Pérez.

The election took place under the cloud of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government’s response to the pandemic and the worsening economic situation were key factors for voters.

None of the candidates secured the 40 per cent required for an outright victory, so a run-off poll will be held on 11 April between the top two candidates.

Andrés Arauz topped the first round and has already progressed to the run-off, but it is unclear which other candidate will contest the run-off. The second- and third-placed candidates were neck-and-neck in the preliminary results and the CNE has announced recounts in many provinces.

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