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  • Today was an important day in Ecuador.   Election day.  We voted to elect a new Presidente, or keep the current one,
  • Presidente Rafael Correa, and 137 members of the National Assembly.

There are 6 other candidates running against the current Presidente, but Guillermo Lasso is the strongest competitor. 

We have no idea how long it will take to count the ballots.

The election process here is so different than in the US.  The current Presidente only threw his hat in the ring for
re-election in Novemeber. We don’t watch Ecuadorian television, so we don’t know if there were alot of political commercials.  In the past few weeks we have seen alot of bannners that were put up around Cuenca, but that was it. 

We read in a local paper that the official campaign ended on Friday.  There were no campaigner’s anywhere in site of the polling place today, but lots of Policia.

So, we voted today.   How phenomenal is that!  We are only legal residents of Ecuador, but we can vote!

 As we mentioned in our blog yesterday, voting is MANDATORY for Ecuadorians, so El Centro, the city center, was packed with people. We thought  that the voting areas would be a madhouse, but it was really organized.   For some reason, men and women are seperated during the voting process.  We thought that was kind of strange.

I was in and out within 10 minutes, it took Michael about 20 minutes, but everything was really well organized.

As we mentioned in our previous blog, if Ecuadorians don’t vote, they are fined $60.oo, and not allowed to have access to public services. We now understand how they keep track, the election workers had a book with our name and Cedula photo, they took control of my Cedula, gave me the voting documents, and when I placed my ballots in the box, I was given my Cedula back, along with my certificate that I had voted.

I wanted to take photo’s of the polling place, but the Policia were ALL over, and I decided that whipping out a camera might be a dumb idea.

    • It was intersting,  we will see who wins.
  • A pic of my documentation that I voted today.  Very cool, and really great to be included regarding such an important thing, electing a President.

And no, we aren’t going to tell who we voted for.

Voting Card

Ecuador, gotta love it.

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Life In Cuenca

I was talking to a friend  the other day and  I mentioned that I haven’t been updating the blog too much recently, I think it is because now that we have been here for awhile, everything that was fascinating and new, is now just part of our everyday life. We love seeing the indigenous women on the street corners selling strawberries the size of tennis balls, and learning   about the fruits and vegetables that were so foreign to us when we arrived in Cuenca, but now, it is just everyday stuff!

The Carnival season is over, Cuenca shuts down for the holiday, except for the teenagers going nuts throwing water or Silly String on people. Michael ventured out on Monday morning for his swim and waited at the side of the road for about 45 minutes for a bus, which was really unusual.  The buses normally run about every 7 or 10 minutes, but it was Carnival,
  I guess even the bus drivers were taking time off!   Michael finally gave up and decided to come home, as he was strolling back, he got soaked with a bucket of water from a passing pickup truck filled with teenagers. I guess he was “christened”.

We read that back in the 60’s and 70’s it was not uncommon that during Carnival, fueding families would gather in the streets to resolve personal issues by brawling,  apparently  it was a common sight to see young men walking around with bloody faces, thankfully that no longer happens, LOL!

ELECTION DAY.

Tomorrow is a pretty important day here, Presidential Election Day. Ecuadorians will decide whether or not to keep the current President in office. It is REQUIRED that all Ecuadorians vote. If they don’t, they are not allowed to have treatment in the free hospitals, their children cannot attend the public schools, and their ability to work is extremely limited, all restictions apply for two years. The election date is on a Sunday because many Ecuadorians work 6 days a week, and only have Sunday as a free day.

We made sure all of our paperwork was correct before we moved here, as a result we are registered voters in Ecuador, so we are looking forward to voting in the election tomorrow.  Should be really interesting.

I wonder who they are voting for tomorrow??

Well worn hats

Ecuador, gotta love it.

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