With the TSE officiating the close of El Salvador’s 2014 presidential elections and the US government joining the rest of the international community to recognize the results and congratulate President-elect Salvador Sánchez Cerén, we feel that now is the appropriate time to bring this blog to a close.
CISPES, US-El Salvador Sister Cities and the SHARE Foundation would like to thank the thousands of readers who have followed this blog throughout the course of these exciting and historic elections. We also thank all those who have contributed content.
Although this blog is closing, we will continue to generate news, analysis and calls for action on our organization’s individual pages. We encourage you to continue keep up with news and solidarity actions around El Salvador in this critical new era for the nation’s growing democracy—the need for international solidarity is now as great as ever!
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Minister of Defense at press conference to announce that Armed Forces will respect election outcome
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
(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.
Message of the Government of El Salvador to the International Community:
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
Last night, shortly after midnight, El Salvador’s electoral authority, the Supreme
TSE’s final results (Image: Tribunal Supremo Electoral)
Electoral Tribunal (TSE), finished the final count of the original vote tally sheets from each of the country’s 10,445 voting tables. The process was delayed by the right-wing ARENA party, whose representatives abandoned the counting tables on multiple occasions throughout the evening. In the name of stability and the public’s right to the results, the TSE ultimately decided continue the count with or without ARENA’s presence. The final results came in with 1,495,815 votes for FMLN candidate Salvador Sánchez Cerén and 1,489,451 votes for ARENA candidate Norman Quijano, a difference of 6,364 votes, or 0.22%, in favor of the FMLN. Continue reading
The United Nations System in El Salvador, at the conclusion of the second round of presidential elections on Sunday, March 9, 2014:
the Salvadoran population for exercising their right to elect their highest authorities, in a collective, civic and peaceful manner. This overwhelming participation, which exceeded 60 % of the electoral register, shows the firm intention of the Salvadoran people to strengthen its democratic system and deepen the political and institutional progress made since the signing of the Peace Accords. Continue reading
Representatives of the CISPES and SHARE observer missions report to the press
On Tuesday, observers from CISPES and the SHARE Foundation held a press conference for the Salvadoran media to share their observations and evaluation of Sunday’s election, in which a record number of Salvadorans participated to elect their next president. Voter turnout was over 60% and, according the preliminary results, the winning candidate, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, received the highest number of votes of any candidate in the country’s history (over 1.4 million). Continue reading