Mary O’Grady was in the Batchelor show discussing how Ecuador & Argentina discard transparency.
Mr. Correa has been president since 2007. He runs the country’s largest media empire and controls the legislature, the judiciary, the top command of the army, and the national police. All members of the CNE have links to his government or his party, the PAIS Alliance. The head of the electoral appeals tribunal is the brother of Mr. Correa’s attorney general.
Mr. Moreno freely used government resources to campaign and played dirty. Fake Lasso ads in which he promised to privatize health care popped up on city buses, though Mr. Lasso had made no such proposal. With government control of more than 20 mass-media organizations, including television and radio stations, newspapers and magazines, Mr. Moreno blanketed the nation with his message. The government often interrupted programming on channels not owned by the state to run campaign spots.
The European Union observed Ecuador’s 2009 presidential election and issued a report critical of Mr. Correa’s use of government resources and power to influence the outcome. This time around the CNE blocked an EU observer mission.
Also don’t miss O’Grady’s column on Venezuela,
Mary Anastasia O'Grady: Hungry Venezuelans Demand Change https://t.co/4drnVzX45Z
— MaryAnastasiaO'Grady (@MaryAnastasiaOG) April 17, 2017