Socialist Andres Arauz and conservative Guillermo Lasso will compete within the second spherical of the polls in April.

Progressive economist Andres Arauz will face conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso within the second spherical of Ecuador’s presidential election on April 11, in keeping with the nation’s Nationwide Electoral Council.

Arauz, the 36-year-old protege of former socialist President Rafael Correa, received the primary spherical with 32.72 % of the vote.

Lasso received 19.74 %, beating left-wing Indigenous chief Yaku Perez who received 19.39 %, in keeping with the ultimate outcomes of the February 7 ballot introduced by the electoral physique’s secretary Santiago Vallejo on Sunday.

The outcomes had been permitted by 4 out of the 5 members of the electoral physique at a gathering that lasted into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Perez, a 51-year-old environmental lawyer, had formally submitted a request for a recount in 17 of Ecuador’s 24 provinces, which was suspended on Wednesday.

The recount would have concerned about six million ballots, representing about 45 % of Ecuador’s registered voters.

Perez has alleged there was fraud to maintain him out of the runoff after he was displaced from second to 3rd place by Lasso’s slender lead in the course of the depend.

“At present democracy has triumphed, we’re going with braveness and optimism to this second spherical,” Lasso stated in a press release following the announcement.

Incumbent President Lenin Moreno’s time period in workplace ends on Could 24.

The Group of American States urged Ecuador’s Nationwide Electoral Council to “assure compliance with the electoral calendar” to make sure that the April runoff takes place as scheduled.