Former President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has attempted to formalize his candidacy for the vice presidency in Tuesday’s 2021 online elections. He performed live on the National Electoral Council (CNE) through a plaque that his sister had carried.
Correa, who lives in Belgium, was sentenced to eight years in prison and disqualification for corruption in April. The verdict is not final, but his return to Ecuador, which is subject to registration, could mean his imprisonment.
The ex-president, who intends to appear in the February elections as a supporter of his ally Andrés Arauz, has tried to carry out the process by granting a power of attorney to his sister Pierina Correa, who personally attended the seat of the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Quito.
Despite this attempt, the CNE has not submitted the law to formalize the candidacy. The electoral authority informed Correa officials that they would have to submit official documents through the centre’s secretariat, according to the newspaper ‘El Comercio’.