Ana Matilde Gómez, a former Attorney General and the only sitting deputy without party affiliation is leading in the race to garner signatures to run as an independent candidate in the 2019 presidential election. In an overcrowded field of challengers only the three with the most -validated- sign-ups will be able to compete. The period for listing supporters ends on January 5, four months before election day.
There are already five party candidates and seems likely that with the first past the post system, whoever becomes the successor to President Varela will find the majority of votes spread across the field with 30 percent enough to grab the title, possibly even an independent in an election where corruption smeared deputies are facing a growing “no to re-election” movement.
1- Ana Matilde Gómez has 71,167 ratified signatures, of the 122,455, presented and keeps in review 20,882.
2- Dimitri Flores has 67,703 accepted signatures, of the 111,476 presented and keeps in review 1,434.
3- Ricardo Lombana has 29,163 accepted signatures of the 58,454 presented and keeps in revision 18,333.
4-Marco Ameglio has 21,429 accepted signatures, of the 73,310 submitted and keeps under review 31,533
5- Miguel Bernal has 14,899 accepted signatures, of the 24,681 presentedand keeps under review 3,425
Gómez, was railroaded from office as Attorney General by a cabal led by a Martinelli appointed Supreme Court judge who later had to resign.