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TSE Justice participates in electoral observation in Ecuador
Justice Luciana Lóssio, of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), participated in the elections in Ecuador on Sunday (19) as an international observer. Following the example of what happens in Brazil during the electoral period, she was invited by the National Electoral Council (CNE) of that country to form the observer group. In addition to Brazil, representatives of 20 other countries followed the Ecuadorian elections.
According to Justice Lóssio, the elections were held in a quiet and secure manner, "despite the difference that Ecuador still has a manual voting process that demands much longer voting and counting time." Another interesting fact in the Ecuadorian elections, according to Luciana Lóssio, was that all the poll workers were university students, invited by the CNE.
Regarding women's participation in Ecuadorian politics, the minister pointed out that the country is in 10th place in the ranking and more than 30% of the parliament is composed of women.
During her visit to Ecuador, Luciana Lóssio also participated in a meeting of the Association of Ibero-American Magistrates to share good practices. "Something that caught my attention and I want to bring as a proposal for the TSE is to give the Electoral Judicial School a pedagogical role with the parties, to clarify various issues such as accountability, interim commissions, among others," she said.
Electoral Process in Ecuador
Elections in Ecuador are organized by the National Electoral Council, but the country also has the Electoral Litigation Court, responsible for judging electoral appeals against acts of the Council, and related to political parties, in addition to determining the norms on Electoral financing, propaganda and electoral spending. The Court represents the last instance of electoral trials in that country.
Voting is mandatory, except for young people between the ages of 16 and 17, people over 65, Ecuadorians living abroad, members of the Armed Forces and the National Police in active service. Voting is also optional for persons with disabilities, illiterates and foreigners who have resided in that country legally since the age of 16, for a period of 5 years.