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Left or Right? Ecuadoreans Vote in Decisive Presidential Race

IN PICTURES: Ecuadoreans head to the polls to decide between staying on a progressive path or turning to the neoliberal right

Close to 12.5 million Ecuadoreans, together with almost 400,000 emigrants around the world, were eligible to cast their ballots Sunday in an election that is being characterized as one of contesting visions for the future of the country.

Running for the PAIS Alliance of current President Rafael Correa, progressive candidate Lenin Moreno is promising to continue and expand social programs while stimulating the economy through public investments. Former banker Guillermo Lasso, who leads a coalition of opposition parties, has pledged major tax cuts and privatizations as the pillars to his promise for creating 1 million jobs.

Exit polls are expected shortly after polls close at 5:00 p.m. local time. 

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A man casts his vote in a school used as a polling station during the presidential election, in Guayaquil.
A man casts his vote in a school used as a polling station during the presidential election, in Guayaquil. Photo:Reuters
People stand outside a school used as a polling station during the presidential election, in Guayaquil.
People stand outside a school used as a polling station during the presidential election, in Guayaquil. Photo:Reuters
Officials of the National Electoral Council attend the home of Margarita Guaman two days ahead of the election as part of the "vote at home" services for people with disabilities.
Officials of the National Electoral Council attend the home of Margarita Guaman two days ahead of the election as part of the "vote at home" services for people with disabilities. Photo:EFE
Lenin Moreno and his wife Rocio Gonzalez wave after Moreno casted his vote during the presidential election in Quito.
Lenin Moreno and his wife Rocio Gonzalez wave after Moreno casted his vote during the presidential election in Quito. Photo:EFE
Guillermo Lasso casts his ballot in Guayaquil, calling for peaceful voting in an election he described as "crucial."
Guillermo Lasso casts his ballot in Guayaquil, calling for peaceful voting in an election he described as "crucial." Photo:EFE
President Rafael Correa casts his vote in Quito, stressing that the election is not only important for Ecuador, but for all of Latin America.
President Rafael Correa casts his vote in Quito, stressing that the election is not only important for Ecuador, but for all of Latin America. Photo:Reuters
Supporters of governing party candidate Lenin Moreno shout slogans as he casts his vote in Quito.
Supporters of governing party candidate Lenin Moreno shout slogans as he casts his vote in Quito. Photo:EFE
Chief of the Unasur election mission, former Uruguayan President Jose "Pepe" Mujica, attends a meeting in Guayaquil the day ahead of the election.
Chief of the Unasur election mission, former Uruguayan President Jose "Pepe" Mujica, attends a meeting in Guayaquil the day ahead of the election. Photo:EFE
Governing party candidate Lenin Moreno has promised to continue the social programs and progressive policies championed over the past decade by President Rafael Correa and the Citizen
Governing party candidate Lenin Moreno has promised to continue the social programs and progressive policies championed over the past decade by President Rafael Correa and the Citizen's Revolution. Photo:EFE
Conservative opposition candidate and former banker Guillermo Lasso has promised widespread privatization and tax cuts as the basis for creating 1 million jobs.
Conservative opposition candidate and former banker Guillermo Lasso has promised widespread privatization and tax cuts as the basis for creating 1 million jobs. Photo:EFE
Residents walk as soldiers stand near the Electoral National Council  headquarters prior to Sunday presidential election in Quito.
Residents walk as soldiers stand near the Electoral National Council headquarters prior to Sunday presidential election in Quito. Photo:Reuters
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