El Salvador

Salvador Sánchez Cerén wins by narrowest margin but election could still be annulled


The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) ended the recount of all votes for the presidential election at 15 minutes past midnight this morning (local time).

The President of the TSE announced that Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) had taken 1,495,815 votes or 50.11% of the votes cast. His opponent Norman Quijano of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) took 1,489,451 votes or 49.89% of the votes cast.

As a result the TSE said that it was not in a position to declare a winner because it was awaiting the result of a petition lodged by ARENA on Tuesday to have the second round of the election annulled because of irregularities. ARENA claims that it can prove that there were as many as 20,000 double votes and that some voters were obstructed from voting in some polling stations.

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