Observers in the news
On Wednesday March 12, 2014, David Mungía Payes, Minister of Defense, announced at a press conference that the Salvadoran armed forces would respect the outcome of the elections, refuting claims made by ARENA presidential hopeful Norman Quijano that the army was prepared to act to intervene in what ARENA claims are fraudulent elections. Continue reading
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) issued this bilingual statement congratulating the Salvadoran people on their democratic election, applauding the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for its impartial and transparent management of the elections – especially the final vote count – and expressing his enthusiasm to continue good relations with El Salvador’s next president.
Read his full statement below:
(Read the original in Spanish here)
The University of Central America (UCA), after bearing witness to the electoral process, learning of the ARENA party’s position, analyzing the current electoral legislation and closely following the actions of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, and after hearing and evaluating the reports from various national and international electoral observer missions, makes the following declaration:
1) We are deeply concerned by the actions of the ARENA leadership, who have recklessly and irresponsibly adopted a confrontational position and attitude. Their rhetoric shows disrespect for the legitimate role of the Armed Forces and goes against the spirit of the Peace Accords, and is an attitude that threatens the stability and institutional authority of the country.
In response to the events that transpired in the country after the runoff Presidential Elections for 2014-2019, particularly the questioning of the transparency of the process and the authority of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the government of El Salvador, via its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, declares the following: Continue reading
The United Nations System in El Salvador, at the conclusion of the second round of presidential elections on Sunday, March 9, 2014:
With the FMLN party maintaining what the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has called an “irreversible,” if narrow, lead in the final vote count for El Salvador’s March 9th presidential election, the opposition ARENA party has turned to destabilization tactics, fomenting unrest and misinformation in an effort to contest the election results. On the night of Monday, March 10th, ARENA sent out a massive call on social media to mobilize its militancy for a demonstration the following morning against the TSE. Claiming themselves the victims of a massive electoral conspiracy, ARENA called on its militancy to denounce the TSE’s process as corrupt and demand a vote-by-vote recount. Continue reading