11 August, 2022

Virtual consultation begins with Salvadoran diaspora to define voting mechanisms

Electoral Reform Commission

Virtual consultation begins with Salvadoran diaspora to define voting mechanisms

Commission on Electoral Reforms and Legislation consults Salvadorans abroad to define the method of voting in elections

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

To find out what are the best methods for Salvadorans residing abroad to cast their vote in the upcoming elections in 2024, the deputies of the Electoral and Constitutional Reform Commission installed a virtual session to make the respective consultations on the subject.

The objective of the session was to establish what will be the best methods for the diaspora to cast their vote.

Salvadorans living abroad and who participated, through the Zoom platform, were satisfied with this virtual consultation.

“This initiative is so that no Salvadoran is left without voting., that's why the past 14 September we approved a law that protects those who live outside the country”, commented the deputy Rebeca Santos, before the Salvadoran community that participated in the conference.

Among the participants was Francisco Moreno, who since 40 years lives in Montreal, Glen. all that time, This Salvadoran has not been able to obtain his Unique Identity Document (DUI), thus, He has not been able to participate in the elections either..

Deputy Alexia Rivas explained that: "With the new law approved, he and the entire Salvadoran diaspora will be able to vote with the DUI. If you don't have it, do not worry because the law protects that they can do it with the passport or with the birth certificate”.

On the other hand, Ana Estrada, who resides in Spain, asked whether Salvadorans who live irregularly in a given country could aspire to public office and the answer obtained was "yes".

residents abroad, mostly, agreed to cast the vote in a mixed manner. That is to say, both face-to-face and electronic, after taking into account the distances where they live, ages and difficulties they might face with technology.

With contributions issued by the diaspora, the legislators will study the ways of how they will be able to vote and make this process easier.

In the presidential elections of 2019, solo 3,646 Salvadorans abroad voted, of a total of almost three million residing in other countries.