Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren expressed on Twitter his satisfaction with the municipal and legislative elections carried out on Sunday, and congratulated the people for exerting their right to vote, while the head of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Julio Oliva, said technical failures had caused a delay in voting results. Sanchez Ceren praised the peaceful elections by the Salvadoran people, who he said, believe in democracy. He also called on the citizenship to confide in the preliminary results that the electoral authorities will make public within the next few hours. Olivo called on the citizenship to be “tolerant and understanding,” explaining that reporting on results will depend on “how fast the vote-counting process takes in the 10,621 offices that receive the votes throughout the country.” He explained that computer specialists had been brought in to look into the technical difficulties experienced late Sunday night when preliminary results were expected to begin to flow.
Over 4.9 Salvadoran were registered to vote 262 mayors across the country, 84 representatives to the National Assembly and 20 lawmakers to the Central American Parliament.
“Right now the representatives of the parties and the TSE are carrying the first phase of the vote count,” Juan Antonio Julian, electoral monitor in San Salvador for CISPES, told teleSUR English.
No major incidents of vote disruptions were reported, although 25 people were arrested for using fake documents in order to vote (see the Vine below). The men and women detained were carrying credentials from the right-wing Social Democrat Party.