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Political Mafias Behind Electoral Fraud in Ecuador, Says Correa

Quito, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) President Rafael Correa denounced today that political mafias are allegedly behind the forgery of citizens’ signatures for the registration of parties for the elections of 2013.

“Clearly, those responsible for this are these political mafias, with no ethics or people’s support, who bribed people for their signatures and contracted businesses to do what they were supposed to do as authentic political movements,” said Correa.

In a press conference convened by the Alianza Pais Movement in its headquarters in this capital, Correa called on the people to remain on permanent alert until September 22 to prevent groups with irregular rolls or without the number of members required under the law from register.

In the presence of Vice President Lenin Moreno, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and Parliament leader Fernando Cordero, Correa rejected the accusations that the Government and the Alianza Pais Movement are hatching electoral fraud.

He said the Alianza is the only party that would not need to cheat anyone because it has collected 10 times more signatures than the number established by law, it has won eight consecutive elections and is supported by at least 70 percent of the people, according to surveys.

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