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OAS Electoral Observation Mission Celebrates Peaceful Election in El Salvador

  February 4, 2019

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) deployed to El Salvador for the February 3 presidential elections celebrated that the vote took place in a peaceful manner. Moreover, the Mission congratulated the President-elect, Nayib Bukele, on his victory in the first round, and recognized the democratic maturity of his opponents Carlos Calleja, Hugo Martínez, and Josué Alvarado, who recognized his victory immediately, creating certainty on election night.

In its preliminary report presented today, the Mission highlights that the process consolidated the pluralism reflected in the victory at the national level of a political grouping different from the traditional parties that have dominated Salvadoran politics since the Peace Agreements of 1982.

Among the recommendations of the preliminary report, the Mission considers that the full electoral body should reflect the political plurality of the country, that electoral justice regulations “should include a system of means of challenging with greater precision,” and that progress be made in the “transparence and publicity of the information from regulators in terms of financing.”

The OAS observed the electoral process since December 2018 with a team headed by the Uruguayan diplomat Juan Pablo Corlazzoli. The Mission was made up of 84 observers and experts of 24 different nationalities who analyzed electoral organization, technology, financing, and justice.

On voting day, the Mission was present in the 14 departments of the country from before the opening of the voting centers until the counting and transmission of votes. The observers deployed on the ground visited more than 400 voting centers.

At the conclusion of the voting, the system for the transmission and processing of votes worked correctly, with an efficient speed, and both the political parties and the press had access in real time via computers installed at the international convention center. At 9:10 pm, 85.97% of the total electoral data had been registered.

Reference: E-006/19