Sunday, February 02, 2014

Election Day

I spent today observing El Salvador's presidential elections at various voting centers in the municipality of Tonacatapeque, outside of San Salvador.   At all of these centers, voting ran very smoothly and peacefully without noticeable obstacles for any citizen who wanted to exercise his or her right to vote.

As of 9:00 PM, El Salvador time, with 63% of the vote counted, Salvador Sanchez Ceren had a significant lead over Norman Quijano, but not quite enough to avoid a second round runoff.   The vote totals are:

Candidaturas%Votos
Bandera de FRENTE FARABUNDO MARTÍ PARA LA LIBERACIÓN NACIONAL Salvador Sánchez Cerén49.07%% de votos de FRENTE FARABUNDO MARTÍ PARA LA LIBERACIÓN NACIONAL
Bandera de ALIANZA REPUBLICANA NACIONALISTA Norman Noel Quijano Gonzalez38.87%% de votos de ALIANZA REPUBLICANA NACIONALISTA
Bandera de MOVIMIENTO UNIDAD Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez11.39%% de votos de MOVIMIENTO UNIDAD
Tony Saca has already conceded defeat, asserting that he was not able to overcome the two party polarization of the country.  Still, he will hope to negotiate something in return for casting his support for one candidate or ther other.   Sanchez Ceren is so close to 50% that the FMLN may not have any reason to negotiate.

Watch updated poll results here.


2 comments:

Carlos X said...

Tim, thank you for this report and utmost gratitude for going down there to serve as an election observer. Safe travels!

BenJoe Markland said...

I watched the results from San Salvador. I was impressed with the election improvements and realtime results. Comparing to previous elections the polls held fairly true and the next month should be very interesting.