Opposition parties denounce irregularities in vote count of presidential election in El Salvador

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By Marco Echevarria

Parties pointed out that it should be known who had access to the packages before opening them and what the chain of custody has been.

The decision of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to open all electoral packages for the election of deputies generated a warning from the opposition parties that the chain of custody of the same must be guaranteed, in order to ensure that no one outside the process can have access to them.

FMLN MP Anabel Belloso demanded that the final scrutiny “add itself to what the law commands and guarantees that what is coming takes into account all legal aspects.”

He said that if preliminary results have been unevenly given “it cannot be considered a reliable starting point for going to final scrutiny.” In this sense, he said, the TSE “has an obligation to enforce the law and for everything to develop by giving confidence to the process.”

The judges have the opportunity to fix the disorder a little and that there is a will to make the process transparent.
Hector Siva, candidate for deputy.

Meanwhile, the president of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) party, Carlos Saade, said he was “joyful” about the TSE’s decision to open the electoral packages for deputies.

However, for the presidential election he said that “if the same court said that they had not been able to count more than two thousand minutes, what makes the previous ones confident? But yes, there was a concern that the vote of deputies for the Assembly was not in the best way,” he said.

In addition to the two parties mentioned above, Vamos spoke through Congresswoman Claudia Ortiz, who said: “It is of no use to open the ballot box, that ballot be counted on ballots if we cannot guarantee that these polls have not already been altered.” “It has been more than 24 hours since the polling stations closed and we do not know where the polls (from San Salvador) are,” he added.

Meanwhile, candidate Hector Silva (Our Time) asked the court: “Who has had access to those polls, who is taking care of them and what has been the chain of custody.”

There was great concern that the (contes) of votes of deputies for the Legislative Assembly was not in the best way.
Carlos García Saade, president of ARENA.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in La Prensa Grafica