miércoles, 12 de marzo de 2014

Salvadorean election results challenged, remain unclear

The conservative ARENA party asked electoral authorities in El Salvador to either recount every vote cast in the second round of presidential elections on 9 March, or renew the entire electoral process, after alleging irregularities. The initial count gave the officialist candidate a very slight advantage, leading the two contenders to declare themselves winners. ARENA's presidential candidate Norman Quijano and party leaders asked the Supreme Electoral Tribunal on 11 March to nullify the vote, alleging the body's "lack of impartiality...double voting by ballot guardians and irregularities" with ballot papers, while the party also withdrew from a recounting process that day, La Prensa Gráfica reported on 12 March. The Court was reportedly renewing the recount on 12 March. A map of the elections' preliminary results, published by the Tribunal, indicated that the ruling FMLN (Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional) had won more votes in 137 of El Salvador's districts and ARENA in 125, the local newspaper El Mundo reported. It appeared that result had yet to be confirmed.

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