Electoral results from Ecuador's Oct. 15 presidential and congressional elections have neared completion after long delays and counting snafus. In the vote, conservative business magnate Alvaro Noboa and leftist economist Rafael Correa emerged as the two presidential candidates who would advance to a runoff election on Nov. 26 (see NotiSur, 2006-10-20), but final tallies in the election took days to compile and the officials results on the individuals who would serve in Ecuador's 100-member legislature had still not been released Nov. 8. However, the unofficial results in the Congress most favored Noboa's Partido Renovador Institucional Accion Nacional (PRIAN) and the Partido Sociedad Patriotica (PSP) of ex-President Lucio Gutierrez (2003-2005).
Noboa leads opinion polls
The Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) announced that Noboa had bested Correa of the Alianza Pais, an organization set up by Correa for his presidential run, by four percentage points by winning 26.83% of the valid vote on Oct. 15, while Correa had 22.84%. For Noboa this meant he got 1,464,251 votes, and Correa got 1,246,333 votes. Their nearest competitor was Gilmar Gutierrez, Lucio's brother and fellow PSP member, with 950,895 votes or 17.42%.
Leon Roldos of the Izquierda Democratica (ID) had 14.84% or 809,754 votes. The ID has decided to back Correa's candidacy. Cynthia Viteri of the Partido Social Cristiano (PSC) won 9.63% of the vote (525,728 votes). The remaining eight candidates each won about 2%.…