Ecuadorians are voting in the first round of elections to choose a new president. Left-wing incumbent Rafael Correa is standing down after leading the country for a decade. His former vice-president Lenin Moreno is expected to lead Sunday’s vote, but is facing a strong challenge from conservative Guillermo Lasso, who has vowed to cut spending and taxes. Candidates need to win 40% of the vote to avoid a second round run-off.
Recent corruptions scandals have also cast the ruling party in a more negative light, and some have speculated that Ecuador will follow Peru and Argentina in electing a conservative government. Voting is mandatory in Ecuador, and 12 million people are expected to cast their ballot on Sunday, starting at 07:00 local time (12:00 GMT), with polls closing at 17:00 local time (22:00 GMT). Results are expected from about 20:00 (01:00 Monday, GMT).