Ecuadorian general election, 2006

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Ecuadorian general election, 2006
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  Rafaelcorrea08122006.jpg Álvaro Noboa.jpg
Nominee Rafael Correa Álvaro Noboa
Party PAIS Alliance PRIAN
Running mate Lenin Moreno Vicente Taiano
Popular vote 1,246,333
Percentage 22.84%

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Map of results of the second round by provinces.

President before election

Alfredo Palacio

Elected President

Rafael Correa
PAIS Alliance

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On October 15, 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 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.[1]

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 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.[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 November 29, 2006, Álvaro Noboa had still not admitted defeat.[3]

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

Opinion polls[edit]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]



Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
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
Invalid/blank votes 1,092,070 752,179
Total 6,549,677 100 6,950,232 100
Registered voters/turnout 9,165,125 83.49 9,165,125 89.20
Source: CNE


e • d  Summary of the 15 October 2006 Ecuadorian National Congress election results
Parties Votes % 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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