Ecuador & Argentina discard transparency. Mary Anastasia O'Grady. @WSJOpinion.

Apr 15, 2017, 05:15 AM

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Ecuador & Argentina discard transparency. Mary Anastasia O'Grady. @WSJOpinion.

"..That advice is a bad joke. Mr. Correa has been president since 2007. He runs the country’s largest media empire and controls the legislature, the judiciary, the top command of the army, and the national police. All members of the CNE have links to his government or his party, the PAIS Alliance. The head of the electoral appeals tribunal is the brother of Mr. Correa’s attorney general.

Mr. Moreno freely used government resources to campaign and played dirty. Fake Lasso ads in which he promised to privatize health care popped up on city buses, though Mr. Lasso had made no such proposal. With government control of more than 20 mass-media organizations, including television and radio stations, newspapers and magazines, Mr. Moreno blanketed the nation with his message. The government often interrupted programming on channels not owned by the state to run campaign spots.

The European Union observed Ecuador’s 2009 presidential election and issued a report critical of Mr. Correa’s use of government resources and power to influence the outcome. This time around the CNE blocked an EU observer mission.

The Cedatos exit poll showing Mr. Lasso with a comfortable lead was only one reason his supporters were optimistic on election night. With 82.22% of valid votes counted at the provincial level, the CNE’s website showed Mr. Lasso leading, 50.47% to 49.53%. The Lasso campaign says it was getting the same results.

Then the CNE website went down. A half-hour later, when it came back, Mr. Moreno had surged ahead, 51.1% to 48.9%.."

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