The unfounded rumors of electoral fraud launched by the right-wing Great Alliance for National Unity (GANA) embody Tuesday what in El Salvador they call ‘killing the pooch in time.’ In El Salvador, this expression means ‘to prepare a good excuse to defend yourself from a problem,’ and describes precisely the tactic of the party that mutated from orange to blue while remaining a right-wing party. With more paranoia than certainties, the party separated from the far-right Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) speaks in networks of collusion between its rivals, without presenting evidence to support its fear. For the deputy Nidia Diaz, head of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), everything responds to a strategy of candidate Nayib Bukele to justify an eventual setback. ‘It is part of his victimization, he wants to be president at any cost and he will disqualify any result that does not favor him and call it a fraud,’ said the parliamentarian at the close of the Front’s campaign.
Diaz, a signatory of the Peace Accords that in 1992 restored democracy in El Salvador after 12 years of civil war, said that Bukele is unaware of the electoral rules and the plural democracy of his country.
For example, like each party in the electoral contest, GANA has personnel in the Vigilance Boards and can present people at each polling station throughout the country during next Sunday, February 3.
In fact, the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) also ruled out any possibility of electoral fraud in the upcoming elections, since the Salvadoran system of suffrage is one of the most guarded in the world.