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2023 Ecuadorian general election

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Snap general elections are scheduled to be held in Ecuador in 2023. Though incumbent president Guillermo Lasso was eligible for a second term, he announced on 18 May that he would not stand.

The officials elected -- to both the executive and legislative branches -- will serve out the remainder of the current presidential and legislative terms (2021-2025). A regular election for a full four-year term is expected to follow in early 2025.

On 18 May, Diana Atamaint, the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), announced 20 August 2023 as the tentative date for the legislative election and the first round of the presidential vote. The CNE has until 24 May to finalize the electoral calendar.

Table of contents
  1. Background
  2. Electoral system
  3. Presidential candidates

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On 17 May 2023, a day after he presented his defense in an impeachment process against him, President Lasso invoked the muerte cruzada mechanism provided for in Article 148 of the 2008 Constitution to dissolve the National Assembly, bringing forward legislative and presidential elections.

Electoral system

The president is elected using a modified two-round system, with a candidate required to get over 50% of the vote, or get over 40% of the vote and be 10% ahead of their nearest rival to be elected in the first round. The president is limited to two consecutive four-year terms.

Members of the National Assembly are elected by three methods. Fifteen are elected by closed list proportional representation in a nationwide constituency. Six are elected by overseas voters (two each from Canada/United States, Latin America and Asia/Europe/Oceania). The remaining 116 members are elected from multi-member constituencies by closed list proportional representation, with all seats allocated using the Webster method. Members of the National Assembly are limited to two four-year terms, regardless if they are consecutive or not. There are gender quotas for the party lists, meaning there is alternation between men and women. There are no quotas for minority representation.

Presidential candidates

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