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Ecuador opposition candidate Lasso claims vote fraud, says he will challenge election results

Lasso said that it was unfathomable that an exit poll that showed him winning by 6 percentage points could have been off by such a large margin.

Published: 03rd April 2017 09:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd April 2017 12:40 PM   |  A+A-

Guillermo Lasso, presidential candidate for the CREO political party and his wife Maria de Lourdes Alcivar, flash victory signs after he cast his ballot. (AP)

By Associated Press

QUITO (ECUADOR): Guillermo Lasso is claiming he was the victim of electoral fraud and said his campaign will challenge results in all of Ecuador's 24 provinces.

Speaking to supporters, Lasso said that it was unfathomable that an exit poll that showed him winning by 6 percentage points could have been off by such a large margin. He also questioned why results that took three days to calculate following the first round of voting were announced so quickly in Sunday's runoff.

"This is very sickening, we're not going to allow it," said Lasso, who called on supporters to protest the results peacefully but firmly.

"They've crossed a line, which is pretending to abuse the people's will" and install an "illegitimate" government, Lasso said.

So far the only evidence of possible fraud presented by Lasso's campaign are the results in one tiny provincial voting center that it said were reversed when they were reported to electoral authorities in Quito.



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