The issues discussed by the competitors on Sunday, which were divided into two groups of eight each, dealt with corruption, democratic institutions, international relations and human rights.
On this occasion, the order of participation was reversed and the first to present their plans with regard to the points addressed were Guillermo Cele (SUMA), Giovanni Andrade (Ecuadorian Confederation), Carlos Sanni (Ecuador Force), Isidro Romero (Avanza), Juan Fernando Velasco ( Konstroy), Andres Arause (Alliance for the Center for Democratic Hope), Yako Perez (Pachacutec) and Bale Carrasco (together we can)
In a second moment, the speakers were Guillermo Lasso (CREO), César Montúfar (Concertación), Ximena Peña (PAIS Alliance), Gerson Almeida (Ecuadorian United), Pedro Freile (friend), Lucio Gutiérrez (National Community Party) and Gustavo Larrea ( Democracy C) and Xavier Hervas (Democratic Left).
Fighting corruption and restoring the institutional framework for the state were among the ideas most of the candidates put forward.
They also spoke in favor of expanding Ecuador’s relations with the rest of the world, as well as opening more trade agreements.
As on previous occasions, many candidates diluted their answers to specific questions and did not make specific proposals, which was criticized by one of the candidates, Pedro Friel.
The topics discussed were related to employment and the economy, as well as education, health and vulnerable groups.
In both cases, the issues were agreed upon by the National Debate Committee set up by the National Electoral Council.
Previously, two other debates were held, organized by other bodies, in which Andres Arouz and Yaco Perez were absent.
The exchanges concluded just 21 days before the vote, whose first round is scheduled for February 7.
During that day, Ecuadorian voters will decide the next president, vice president, members of the National Assembly, and Andean parliamentarians.
Je / scm