While electoral authorities have not yet finalized the results of Ecuador's presidential race, Jose "Pepe" Mujica, sent to the Andean country as one of the international observers for the Union of South American Nations, stated Sunday that the process occurred "with normality and calm."
"There has been a lot of people in the streets today, they mobilized, likely to go to the polling stations," he replied, referring to the over 300,000 people who had reportedly cast their votes around midday, when the former president of Uruguay made the comments to Ecuador's state agency Andes.
"It's normal, in any presidential vote, especially in a second round vote, that people express some antagonism, this is not a problem limited to Ecuador, but worldwide," he insisted.
During the first round, opposition candidates launched accusations of fraud and threatened destabilization if the left-wing front-runner Lenin Moreno won in the first round.
However, the UNASUR electoral mission said that there was no attempted fraud during the final count of votes for the presidential election.
The head of the National Electoral Council, Juan Pablo Pozo, said Sunday that despite allegations of vote tampering that have been circulating on social media, the elections took place with few problems.
Pozo also condemned violence against members of the council who were attacked as well as an incident of electoral materials being stolen, saying that aggression against electoral officials will not be tolerated.