Ecuador’s main indigenous advocacy group urged its supporters on Monday to spoil their ballots in an April 11 presidential runoff, after a court denied indigenous candidate Yaku Perez’s request for a recount of first-round election results.
Perez alleges that the February vote – in which he placed third behind leftist economist Andres Arauz and conservative banker Guillermo Lasso – was marred by fraud. He had lagged Lasso by a narrow margin, according to official results.
“We will remain firm in our vision of resistance, and we will establish other mechanisms of struggle to bring forward the country’s popular and social demands,” Ecuador’s CONAIE indigenous grouping said in a statement.
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