Ecuadorian general election, 2006

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Ecuadorian general election, 2006
2002 ←
October 15, 2006 (2006-10-15) → 2009

Nominee Rafael Correa Álvaro Noboa
Party PAIS Alliance PRIAN
Running mate Lenin Moreno Vicente Taiano
Popular vote 1,246,333
Percentage 22.84%

President before election

Alfredo Palacio

Elected President

Rafael Correa
PAIS Alliance

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On 15 October 2006, Ecuador held a general election. The voters stood to elect a new President, a new National Congress, as well as other positions.

Since no candidate was able to secure the needed majority of the presidential vote in the first round, a run-off election was held on 26 November. According to preliminary results published by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal on 28 November, Rafael Correa had a clear lead over Álvaro Noboa after 96% of the votes had been counted.[1]


Party Candidate Votes
1.ª round
% en
1.ª round
2.ª round
% en
2.ª round
Partido Renovador Institucional de Acción Nacional Álvaro Noboa 1.464.251 26,83% 2.689.418 43,33%
Alianza PAIS Rafael Correa 1.246.333 22,84% 3.517.635 56.67%
Partido Sociedad Patriótica 21 de Enero Gilmar Gutiérrez 950.895 17.42%
Democratic Left (Ecuador) León Roldós Aguilera 809.754 14,84%
Partido Social Cristiano (Ecuador) Cynthia Viteri 525.728 9.63%
Pachakutik Luis Macas 119.577 2.19%
Partido Roldosista Ecuatoriano Fernando Rosero 113.323 2.08%
Movimiento de Reivindicación Democrática Marco Proaño Maya 77.655 1,42%
Movimiento Popular Democrático Luis Villacís 72.762 1.33%
Concentración de Fuerzas Populares Jaime Damerval 25.284 0.46%
Alianza Tercera República Marcelo Larrea Cabrera 23.233 0.43%
Movimiento Revolucionario de Participación Popular Lenin Torres 15.357 0,28%
Integración Nacional Alfarista Carlos Sagnay de la Bastida 13.455 0,25%

Noteworthy lack of reporting of null votes[edit]

Since Ecuador makes voting mandatory for every individual between the age of 18 and 65, individuals may nullify their vote on the ballot, or elect to leave the ballot blank.[citation needed]

In previous elections, the mass media usually counted and displayed null and blank votes as contenders in running tallies from exit polls and final results, both infographically and in spoken language. In contrast to former election processes, this time the media spent almost no time reporting null and blank votes. Infographics and spoken reports[citation needed] simply discounted null and blank votes, electing to sum only non-null votes.

One potential reason for this change in reporting may lie in the discontent of the Ecuadorian electorate with the political candidates: it was thought possible that null choices could have gathered the most votes, even more than the favourite candidates.[citation needed]

According to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the first-round total of null and blank votes was 1,091,833, which is less than the vote for either of the top two candidates.


On 28 November, Correa was declared the winner, although Noboa did not accept defeat, and suggested that he might challenge the validity of the ballot.[2] According to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), out of 97.29% of the votes counted, 57.07% were for Correa and 42.96% for Noboa. Among others, the Organization of American States, US ambassador Linda Jewell, and representatives of many South American countries have recognised Correa as the winner of the election. However, as of 29 November, Álvaro Noboa had still not admitted defeat.[3]

Rafael Correa was duly sworn in as president for a four-year term on 15 January 2007.


e • d  Summary of the 15 October 2006 Ecuadorian National Congress election results
Parties Seats
Institutional Renewal Party of National Action (Partido Renovador Institucional de Acción Nacional) 28
January 21 Patriotic Society Party (Partido Sociedad Patriótica 21 de Enero) 24
Social Christian Party (Partido Social Cristiano;) 13
Party of the Democratic Left (Partido Izquierda Democrática) 7
Ecuadorian Roldosist Party (Partido Roldosista Ecuatoriano) 6
Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement – New Country (Movimiento de Unidad Plurinacional Pachakutik – Nuevo País) 6
Christian Democratic Union (Unión Demócrata Cristiana) 5
Ethics and Democracy Network 5
Democratic People's Movement 3
Partido Socialista - Frente Amplio de Ecuador 1
Acción Regional por la Equidad (ARE) 1
Movement Civic New Country (Movimiento Ciudadano Nuevo País) 1
Total (turnout 63.5%) 100
Source: [1]


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