El Salvador advances in vote counting after legislative and municipal elections

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The Supreme Electoral Tribunal of El Salvador (TSE) The preliminary vote count began on Sunday night after concluding the elections in which the Salvadorans chose 84 deputies of the Legislative Assembly, Y 20 of the Central American Parliament, as well as 262 municipal councils that will govern the next three years.

The elections were held amid strict biosafety measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite which voter turnout was around the 51 percent, according to the TSE.

The president of the TSE, Dora Martínez said that the biggest challenge was to make the population feel safe to go to vote by establishing sanitary measures, at the same time that thousands of police officers and members of the army guarded the voting centers.

"... we have exceeded the influx of voters in previous elections ... that means that the pandemic was not a pretext to continue strengthening democracy ...", Martinez added, although he recognized that there were some "incidents" in some voting centers that were solved.

The TSE enabled 1,595 voting centers nationwide, while some 5.3 Millions of Salvadorans were registered in the Electoral Register eligible to cast their vote.

Until midnight on Sunday they had been processed around 600 proceedings, of 8,451, therefore, according to the TSE, it was not possible to speak of a trend.

In the preliminary scrutiny, The TSE collects all the votes and minutes and prepares them for the final scrutiny, which is the stage where the seats won by each of the parties that participated in the elections are assigned..

"We expect 8451 minutes that is equal to the 8451 Boards receiving votes for each of the elections ", said the engineer Eduardo Lozano of the TSE.

The polls prior to the elections gave as the virtual winner the party of current president Nayib Bukele, the youngest elected president in the country whose strong discourse against traditional politicians has drawn criticism from his detractors, but it has broad support from the population.

Analysts say a victory would give Bukele a greater presence in Parliament, which is currently dominated by the opposition.

Since El Salvador signed the peace accords in 1992 that ended a decade of armed conflict that left some 100 thousand dead, the country has consolidated its electoral processes and democracy in general, But according to analysts, policy changes are needed to find a route to an economic recovery., And social.

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