martes, 25 de marzo de 2014

Supreme Court confirms El Salvador's elections

El Salvador's Supreme Court confirmed on 24 March the results of the second round of the country's presidential elections and rejected the conservative opposition's calls for a full vote recount. It declared Salvador Sánchez Cerén and Óscar Ortiz to be the country's president and vice-president elect and in office for five years from 1 June, La Prensa Gráfica reported. The final count announced on television gave the Sánchez-Órtiz team 1,495,815 votes, 6,364 more than those cast for the candidates of the ARENA party. ARENA had accused election officials of allowing convicts to vote, illegally, and it was not clear where that accusation stood. The Supreme Court stated that 4,318 convicts were excluded from the electorate in the last elections, having been struck off between 2012 and 2014, while 1,971 voters were to be excluded but had voted in the March polls as they were eligible to vote on 4 October 2013, when the electoral roll was last registered. The United States formally recognised the election results through a congratulatory message sent by the State Department, reported on 25 March.

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