Electoral Supreme Court in El Salvador's maelstrom

The process of counting the minutes and votes of the upcoming February 4th elections entered its decisive stage today, Friday, and the official results are not yet known, despite some political institutions violating the rules and declaring themselves to have seats in the Legislative Council.

The justices know full well that they have to release census data in real time, and if they don't, it's because of “collusion or inability,” that was an accusation made by Andy Weiler, head of the Nostro Tempo party, among many. Which has been heard in recent days against the electoral ruling body, which appears to be the “black sheep” of the process.

The previous day, four parties accused the body of not ensuring fair and transparent elections, a dynamic that played out in recent days when a judge and a group of observers joined the criticism to demand the publication of the results of the votes counted to appoint the sixty. Legislative Assembly seats.

Although he was quoted in the media as acknowledging the victory of the Idea Nuevas (NI) candidates in Morazán, where he was seeking re-election, Jaime Guevara, president of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), asserted that “legally” one of Morazán’s deputies won, Despite the ruling party announcing the victory of its candidates.

Guevara, like other opposition spokesmen, accuses the Turkish court of submitting to the National Party and of having lost its legitimacy.

In this regard, the representative and candidate for re-election of Vamos, Claudia Ortiz, pointed out that judges continue to make mistakes despite providing all the resources to develop a clean process. He added: “They do not guarantee free and fair elections.”

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Meanwhile, Justice Julio Olivo, writing this week, called on the Supreme Court to publish consolidated results “by district,” including the number of perfect, preferential and crossover votes and the number of “seats allocated to each political party.”

The disclosure of the alleged results by the parties was criticized by the “El Salvador Monitor 2024” group, which demanded that the institutes not award deputies until the Supreme Electoral Tribunal provides official information.

As of Friday morning, the audit has been completed in 12 areas and 1,023 packages have been opened from La Libertad, which will be followed by San Salvador, the arena that provides 16 seats for the Assembly, which will now have only 60 seats.

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