The National Electoral Council in Ecuador has suspended the recount of the presidential election votes, formally requested by the left-wing indigenous candidate Yaku Perez alleging fraud.
The recount did not push through as the five-member council failed to reach a majority for Perez’s request.
Council head Diana Atamaint commented, “This plenary session of the National Electoral Council, unfortunately, does not respond to the request, nor does it approve or deny the report presented in the technical area.”
Perez who won 19.38 percent of the votes, currently stands at third place had requested for a recount in 17 provinces out of the nation’s 24, equivalent to around six million ballots.
Andres Arauz currently leads the presidential race winning 32.7 percent of the votes, followed by right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso with 19.74 percent.
The council has yet to determine who will face Arauz in the presidential runoff in April.