||[Oct. 6th, 2006|09:09 pm]
I know you are all dying for an Ecuador Elections update… thankfully you have me here to report on…|
IndecisiÓn 2006 (dos mil seis)
Ok… we at world teach are on the alert. Crazy protests may or may not happen on the 15th. In the case that they do I will be brave and not count my students as absent.
Anyways… I don’t think very many people have there minds made up here regarding who to vote for. So it’s panic time, because unlike in the US the Ecuas have to vote. Not only is it legally mandatory, it is practically enforced. When you vote you get a piece of paper which you will need in order to buy a house, a car, register yourself or your kids for school, or even go to the bank.
So decisions decisions…
There are fifteen candidates. And now that I have watched the debates I have ranked the following most likely hopefuls in order of evil… least to most.
Party: National Action Institutional Renewal Party / Partido Renovador Institucional Acción Nacional (PRIAN)
Total moron. Literally. I’d heard before I actually saw this guy speak that he wasn’t the most eloquent man on earth. In fact he makes George Bush look like Winston Churchhill. Way way too many Nestle products in his diet. Can’t figure out what he thinks about the issues… but supposedly his wife is quite clever.
Don’t think he’s evil. Just dumb and ugly.
Alliance: Country Alliance / Alianza PAIS
Speaking from my gut, I would rate Correa as a 7 on my 1 to 10 evil scale. Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t vote for him… because he can also speak, and seems to be pretty quick on his feet. Plus, I give him points for talking about the Boliviarian dream of unity, talking about Colombian intrusions in a sensible, balanced fashion, and expressing doubts about the Fair Trade Agreement.
Bit of a weirdo, he seems to be amused by the fact that he’s in this race.
Alliance: Democratic Left - Ethical and Democratic Network / Alianza Izquierda Democrática y Red Democrática (ID- RED)
Roldos is Either a 1 or a 9 on the evil scale. I really can’t tell. He does seem really honest though, to the point where I don’t think he’ll win this election. He’s a good speaker, but doesn’t have a very attractive personality. Still… his hard core stance in regards to the Free Trade Agreement and, once again, pan-American unity, is pretty likeable.
Party: Social Christian Party / Partido Social Cristiano (PSC)
Cynthia scores a very strong ten out of ten. There is no doubt in my mind that this is pure evil we’re looking at here. To start with, she’s the only person in this whole country blonder than me… and that takes chemical processing. Seriously though, I think this woman would set up camps for the Colombians and Peruvians if she could. And as for her stance on the FTA? There are so many sexist, derogatory things I could say about her relationship with foreign national CEOs.
The Ecuadorians can and may vote NULA, which of course is a non-vote. And if enough do, then no one can be constitutionally elected and the parliament has to get involved. Still not exactly sure what happens in this case but the utter chaos sounds pretty exciting to me.