Ecuadorian general election, 2006
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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 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.<ref>"Ecuador's Correa wins vote, faces tough task", Reuters, 2006-11-28. Retrieved on 2006-11-28. </ref> One of the seven Supreme Electoral Tribunal judges said that the election had already been won by Correa, who, with almost all the vote counted, has 57% of the vote. However, an official declaration will not be made until all the votes have been counted.
 Main candidates
- Rafael Correa (running mate: Lenín Moreno)
- Gilmar Gutiérrez (Patriotic Society Party)
- Álvaro Noboa (PRIAN) (running mate: Vicente Taiano)
- León Roldós (running mate: Ramiro González)
- Cynthia Viteri
 First round
The rightist banana tycoon Álvaro Noboa won almost 27 percent of the presidential vote while leftist Rafael Correa won close to 23 percent. Since neither candidate gained over half of the votes or a minimum of 40 percent with a 10 percent lead over the closest rival, a second-round election was held to determine the winner.
The results below are partial results only, with 99.95% of the second round votes 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 earlier elections, 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, mass 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 favorite 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 28 November, Correa was declared the winner, although Noboa did not accept defeat, and suggested that he might challenge the validity of the ballot.<ref>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"</ref> 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, Álvaro Noboa still has not admitted his defeat. <ref>http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/latin_america/newsid_6194000/6194034.stm BBC News (in Spanish): Correa "nuevo presidente de Ecuador"</ref>
The new president will start his four-year term on January 15, 2007.
 External links
- Tribunal Supremo Electoral
- Ecuadorian Election 2006 - Election news from Angus Reid Global Monitor
- Correa likely to win Ecuador elections, NDTV.com
- Ecuador candidate defends Chavez ties, seattlepi.com
- Washington frets over 'Bolivarian’ candidate, Green Left Weeklyde:Wahlen in Ecuador 2006