In Ecuador, eight constitutional proposals fail at referendum

By Aisling Shiels, 7 February
Flag of Ecuador (photo credit: pixabay)
Flag of Ecuador (photo credit: pixabay)
Ecuadorians [on 5 February] voted in local elections and a referendum containing a number of measures aimed at reforming Ecuador’s constitution. As of [6 February], all eight referendum measures have been defeated. President Guillermo Lasso proposed the referendum in September 2022. The referendum included eight measures to which the voters could cast either a “yes” or “no” vote. The measures included a proposal that would allow other countries to extradite Ecuadorians accused of organized crime. Other measures included those related to reducing the number of lawmakers in the National Assembly and requiring political parties to have a minimum number of members. A number of measures focused on the powers and processes of the Council of Civic Participation and Social Control. The final two measures asked voters to approve the development of a water protection system and compensation for communities who aid nature conservation. A majority of voters answered all eight referendum measures with a “no” vote. [...] Ecuador’s constitution provides that voting is mandatory for persons aged 18 to 65. Therefore there is generally a high voter turnout, with the President of the National Electoral Council Diana Atamaint reporting that 80.74% of voters participated in the election.
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