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Rep. McGovern becomes 2nd congressperson to support the Electoral Tribunal
Joining Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) is now the 2nd U.S. congressperson to publish a statement commending El Salvador’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) for its “professionalism” and calling El Salvador’s elections “orderly, peaceful, free and fair.” McGovern also called on all political parties exercise “patience, calm and professionalism.” Rep. McGovern’s statements come as a result of a grassroots campaign to bolster international support for the TSE as it faces a right-wing assault from the losing ARENA party. Call your representative to ask that s/he join Reps. McGovern and Moran in making a public declaration in support of democracy in El Salvador.
Read the full text below.
STATEMENT BY U.S. REP. JIM MCGOVERN ON THE RECENT ELECTION IN EL SALVADOR
“It is very encouraging to see the strong participation by the Salvadoran people in last Sunday’s presidential elections. I applaud their commitment to strengthening and consolidating El Salvador’s democratic future. I particularly want to commend the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Supremo Electoral) for carrying out and overseeing these elections, which all international observers have judged as orderly, peaceful, free and fair. Given how close the vote was, I also commend the TSE for its professional approach towards confirming the results of the elections and calling upon all parties to demonstrate their own patience, calm and professionalism while awaiting the final results. The TSE has announced the results of its review of the tally sheets, and we are awaiting its decision on the appeal that has been filed. Along with the statements made by the U.S. Department of State, I pledge my own commitment to working with the next President of El Salvador to improve the lives and well-being of all the Salvadoran people.”