Ecuadorian general election, 2006
Map of results of the second round by provinces.
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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 November 26, 2006. According to preliminary results published by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal on November 28, 2006, Rafael Correa had a clear lead over Álvaro Noboa after 96% of the votes had been counted.
Noteworthy lack of reporting of null votes
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.
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 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.
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 November 28, 2006, Correa was declared the winner, although Noboa did not accept defeat, and suggested that he might challenge the validity of the ballot.
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 November 29, 2006, Álvaro Noboa had still not admitted defeat.
Rafael Correa was duly sworn in as president for a four-year term on January 15, 2007.
|Candidate||Party||First round||Second round|
|Álvaro Noboa||Institutional Renewal Party of National Action||1,464,251||26.83||2,689,418||43.33|
|Rafael Correa||PAIS Alliance/PS-FA||1,246,333||22,84||3,517,635||56.67|
|Gilmar Gutiérrez||January 21 Patriotic Society Party||950,895||17.42|
|León Roldós Aguilera||Democratic Left (Ecuador)||809,754||14.84|
|Cynthia Viteri||Social Christian Party (Ecuador)||525,728||9.63|
|Luis Macas||Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement – New Country||119,577||2.19|
|Fernando Rosero||Ecuadorian Roldosist Party||113,323||2.08|
|Marco Proaño Maya||Movimiento de Reivindicación Democrática||77,655||1.42|
|Luis Villacís||Democratic People's Movement||72,762||1.33|
|Jaime Damerval||Concentration of People's Forces||25,284||0.46|
|Marcelo Larrea Cabrera||Alianza Tercera República||23,233||0.43|
|Lenin Torres||Movimiento Revolucionario de Participación Popular||15,357||0.28|
|Carlos Sagnay de la Bastida||Integración Nacional Alfarista||13,455||0.25|
|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|
- "Ecuador's Correa wins vote, faces tough task". Reuters. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2006-11-28.
- http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=winterOlympics&storyID=2006-11-28T175548Z_01_N19156110_RTRUKOC_0_US-ECUADOR-ELECTION.xml "Correa wins Ecuador's presidential vote: official"
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/latin_america/newsid_6194000/6194034.stm BBC News (in Spanish): Correa "nuevo presidente de Ecuador"