EU Mission applauds El Salvador's electoral transparency, suggests improvements
Members of the European Election Observation Mission deployed in El Salvador offer their preliminary report at a press conference in San Salvador, on March 6, 2018 (Photo: Rodrigo Sura/EFE)
San Salvador, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- The European Union's Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) deployed in El Salvador congratulated the Salvadorian people after Sunday's calm and orderly elections despite the need to correct some issues such as party propaganda on the eve of election day.
On El Salvador's election day, 88 EU elections observers reported from 395 polling stations in 14 departments.
The Head of the EU MOE, MEP Carlos Iturgaiz, said at a press conference: "Our observers reported that voting, counting and the tabulation of results procedures were followed in a transparent manner and with sufficient guarantees," in spite of the "presence of partisan activities in and around polling centres (which) did not contribute to a neutral voting environment."
Although the EU EOM emphasized freedom of expression was respected, a huge gap separated political parties in terms of paid propaganda, with Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) and Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) accounting for the largest expenditures.
The EU EOM top observer said there was room for some improvement and recommendations would follow in the final report.
Iturgaiz also commended the Supreme Electoral Tribunal's ability to deliver "well-organized elections" despite the "complexity" of the electoral system and budget "constraints."
The EU representative added "Although some polling stations opened late it did not hinder the overall election day result.
By Sabela Bello
Translated by N4E
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