A few weeks ago Ecuador held elections, including many Asambleistas (like Congressmen) as well as the President. Ecuador is officially a “Presidential Representative Democratic Republic”. What does this mean? Well as of the current constitution (written in 2007, approved in 2008), the President is elected every 4 years, and can be re-elected once just as in the United States. Ecuador’s government also has both a Legislative and Judiciary branch with regular elections.
Congratulations to Señor Presidente Rafael Correa on his re-election! Correa is well-liked and respected by the citizens of Ecuador and most Latin American leaders for his many social initiatives such as conservation of natural resources in the Yasuni/Amazon, housing projects for low-income families, bringing social services to invasion communities and for his work on education reform.
Some fun facts about elections in Ecuador –
- In Ecuador you can vote when you’re 16 years old.
- It is MANDATORY to vote for everyone 18-65 years old.
- After you vote you get an official document proving that you voted with the date of the election. It’s a little smaller than your driver’s license and is required for many official transactions such as securing a job or opening a bank account!
- Ever heard anyone complain about the “two-party system” in the U.S.? (Yes we are aware there are other smaller parties!) Well on this year’s ballot in Ecuador over 20 parties were represented!
- This is technically Correa’s 3rd term as President, since he became President in 2007. In 2008 when the new Constitution was approved, Ecuador established the 4 year term and 2 time re-election from then forward, making Correa still eligible for this third term.
- This means Correa when he finishes this term he will have been President for 10 years, while in the previous 10 years Ecuador had 6 different Presidents!