Salvador Sánchez Cerén declared winner of El Salvador's presidential elections
ARENA has not yet accepted the results. Party members continued demonstrating throughout the day demanding that the ballots be unsealed and the votes counted "voto por voto." Norman Quijano continued to allege that ARENA had proof of significant fraud by the FMLN, but that proof has not been shared with the public. ARENA claimed that 20,000 FMLN poll workers had voted twice on Sunday. Meanwhile every observer of the election from the Salvadoran attorney general's office (who had a representative at every voting center) to El Salvador's Human Rights ombudsman to various international election observer organizations all repeated that Sunday's elections appeared free and fair.
During the day on Wednesday, March 12, the armed forces made it clear that they would respect the decision of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, impliedly refuting the statements of Norman Quijano on Sunday night that the army would be ready to "make democracy."
The process leaves the country tense and polarized. As of this morning, ARENA's next step is not clear.
So it's really not clear to me what ARENA can do now that won't just dig a deeper hole for them.
(12 March, 7:17 PM ES time)
Si la tendencia no cambia, @ARENAOFICIAL será declarado ganador de las elecciones presidenciales 2014.
(12 March, 11:14 AM ES time)
Hay pruebas de #FraudeElectoral las cuales ya fueron presentadas a las autoridades. Hubo #VotoDoble
Hopefully the Art of Compromise will occur as the new government is installed so the People of El Salvador are truly benefited.
The military assumed the correct position for all appropriate and wise reasons. Significant among these, IMHO, is that it realizes neither the FMLN nor ARENA is politically secure without the military as their overseer.
I recall, as a monitor/American advisor, the elections in 1984 and the turbulance, violence and manipulation both sides utilized.
President Duarte was the preferred candidate of the United States and of the Salvadoran People and I think he did a fine job during that historical election and administration.
It is so much better today to see an essentially peaceful exchange of expected allegations, threats, "Twitter Hacks" and polticial discourse than what occurred in 1984.
When voters walked for miles to cast their ballots, often times pinned down on roads and pathways by gunfire from one bias or the other...and far too many were wounded or killed yet still they came and set the country on its current political trajectory.
Lest we forget.
Viva El Frente
so now time to move on, time for me to get back to ES and get to work, and maintain dialogue with the MCC funding folks