Uncertainty persists days after presidential election over second candidate who will take part in an April run-off.

The outgoing president of Ecuador has urged the nation’s Nationwide Electoral Council (CNE) to ship correct election outcomes shortly, as uncertainty persists over the second candidate who will take part in an April run-off.

Lenin Moreno, who didn’t search re-election within the February 7 contest, mentioned on Wednesday that “the nation wants the outcomes, but in addition the whole confidence in these outcomes”.

The CNE continues to be counting after Sunday’s election, which noticed 16 candidates vying for the submit and befell amid widespread discontent over Ecuador’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic and an financial disaster.

Leftist economist Andres Arauz, a protege of former President Rafael Correa, secured 32.44 p.c of the votes and can advance to the presidential run-off, however the runner-up remains in dispute.

Indigenous environmental activist Yaku Perez is narrowly clinging onto second place with 19.65 p.c of the vote, forward of right-wing former banker Guillermo Lasso with 19.60 p.c. Simply over three p.c of votes nonetheless have to be counted.

Perez’s supporters have been protesting exterior the CNE workplaces since Sunday, after he claimed – with out offering proof – that potential “fraud” was going down.

On Wednesday, Moreno referred to as on the CNE to “reply to each request for revision” of votes topic to inconsistencies and to take action with “the utmost transparency”.

CNE head Diana Atamaint mentioned the physique was “realising a clear course of”.

The Group of American States (OAS), which despatched election observers to Ecuador to watch the vote, on Monday referred to as on Ecuadorians “to calmly await the outcomes”.

It additionally urged “the political actors to behave responsibly, and the Nationwide Electoral Council to supply ensures of transparency, certainty and authorized safety to all these concerned within the course of”.

That very same day, US State Division spokesman Ned Value additionally urged folks to “train endurance” till all of the ballots are tallied “and work to resolve conflicts in a peaceable and clear method, and in accordance with Ecuador’s structure and established norms and processes”.

Perez represents Pachakutik, the celebration of the Ecuador’s Indigenous motion, and is understood for his opposition to mining and help for higher environmental protections.

For his half, Lasso has promised to chop taxes and create a million jobs by attracting worldwide funding, significantly in oil and mining.

Arauz has vowed to return to Correa’s socialist insurance policies and promised to provide $1,000 to 1 million Ecuadorian households who’ve suffered through the COVID-19 pandemic.