MASSIVE VOTE BLOCKS FRAUD

This past Sunday, March 28th the elections for the assembly, mayors, and deputies of El Salvador took place.

It was a long trajectory but in the end just as the polls had predicted the majority and the new legislative assembly of El Salvador will be under the new political party governed by Bukele called Nuevas Ideas.

It is evident that there were quite a few irregular processes on the part of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, starting with the system and its tools did not work to blocking people from exercising their vote, among other types of irregularities that were denounced and announced throughout the day.

Yesterday we were able to confirm the saying that massive voting blocks fraud.

In spite of different irregularities that can be observed at a national level, the great number of people who exercised their vote made the New Ideas party always lead in all the results, either with blockades or fraudulent processes.

We can see how the decision of the Salvadorans to exercise their vote as a great symbolism of, 1st their need to have a national and fair change, 2nd that exasperated feeling of need to adjust antique leaders who have reigned El Salvador for more than 30 ignoring peoples need, and last but most important, their definite faith towards the leadership of the president and the new political party led by him, Nuevas Ideas.

It has been a long time since people took voting so seriously and now we see a massive change not only from the government side but also reciprocally on the by the people. Salvadorans understood that we have rights and we can raise our voices for a better quality of life, equal opportunity, and freedom from poverty and violence.

The Salvadorans correctly defended their vote, there were no problems that involved violence, and if so, it was by because the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, but thanks to the help of the PNC that acted in an extraordinary way, being prudent, taking care of the people and letting them exercise their rights it didnt when further than that.(agruments)

Due to negligence of the supreme electoral tribunal, some votes up to this time a day continue counting but the general result is that Nuevas have the Legislative assembly thanks to the power of the ot the massive vote by the Salvadoran people Nuevas Ideas triumphed over any simulation of fraud.

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VOTING CENTER IN INFRAMEN CONTINUES COUNTING THIS MONDAY DUE TO PROBLEMS WITH TSE EQUIPMENT.

Those in charge explained that the equipment has been changed several times and continues to present failures. In addition, the JRVs have been delayed with the counting of votes, 12 hours after the end of election day, they still have pending ballots for candidates to PARLACEN and municipal councils.

by Cecilia Fuentes/Marbely Merino / Luis Umaña March 1, 2021https://diarioelsalvador.com/

After 12 hours from the end of Election Day, the members of two Voting Boards (JRV) continue working at the voting center of the Instituto Nacional General Francisco Menéndez (INFRAMEN), in San Salvador, waiting to enter the data into the system of the Tribunal del Supremo Electoral (TSE).

“First there was no contingency equipment and the printers were not fully configured. When the JRV wanted to install them, they did not do it properly and the process was hindered. In addition, the fact that the printer already had errors affected the process”, explained Katherine Zelaya, TSE transmission assistant.

Zelaya explained that the folios are still being worked on, but that they are already solving the problem. “Cartridges and printers were changed,” she said.

In addition to the technological problems, the JRVs have been delayed with the vote count. At this time the counting of ballots for candidates to PARLACEN and municipal councils is still pending.

In this voting center there were 19 JRVs, more than 13 thousand people were on the electoral rolls. “There were 700 citizens to vote in each JRV, but the influx of people remained at 330, on average”, added Zelaya.

Center in Santa Marta ends the day

It was until midnight that approximately 500 Salvadorans who had been outside the school center in the Santa Marta neighborhood, San Jacinto, since 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, were able to cast their ballots, after the center closed its doors justifying the lack of indelible ink.

Four hours after the end of the election day [5:00 p.m.], this center reopened again at 9:11 p.m. after citizens gathered to demand to be allowed to vote. The situation escalated so much that agents of the Maintenance of Order (UMO) had to intervene.

According to the citizens, the delegates of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal arrived until around 7:00 p.m. to leave the ink, but were allowed to enter until two hours later by blocks of 25 people. The president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Dora Martinez confirmed that “the ink ran out, in that case the JRV decided to suspend at the moment they were carrying out the voting and the Directorate of Electoral Organization (DOE) was asked to send more indelible ink, when the ink was brought in it was already past five o’clock in the afternoon, nevertheless, instructions were given that all the people who were there at that time had to be allowed to vote”, she explained.

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TSE SENDS MESSAGE AT THE BEGINNING OF ELECTION DAY AND OMITS TO CLARIFY THAT NUEVAS IDEAS DID NOT RECEIVE CREDENTIALS

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At the stroke of 6:15 a.m., the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) through a press conference gave the opening flag for the 2021 elections; however, it did not clarify details about not having granted the corresponding credentials to members of the Juntas Receptoras de Votos de Nuevas Ideas (Voting Boards of New Ideas). 

The TSE president magistrate, Dora Esmeralda Martínez de Barahona, was in charge of the speeches and exhorted the personnel of the TSE to duly fulfill their duties. She also explained that national and international electoral observation missions were already inside the 1,595 voting centers.

“We exhort the personnel of the TSE structures to contribute the best of each one, to comply with the law and to make the greatest of efforts in their work. At this time the national and international electoral observation missions are already present”, affirmed the magistrate.

However, despite the denunciations of President Nayib Bukele, who pointed out that one hour before the commissions members of the JRV of Nuevas Ideas still did not receive their credentials. “2am past and the TSE still does not deliver the credentials of Nuevas Ideas. The few credentials they have delivered are bad and there is less and less time to correct them”, said the president.

In response to the complaint, the TSE through social networks authorized members of Nuevas Ideas to enter the voting tables according to the matrix of the TSE web page.

Despite these irregularities, the magistrates of the TSE omitted to speak, even when at the same moment that they were giving the starting signal, there were voting centers where members of the JRV of Nuevas Ideas were still unable to enter.

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10 FAILURES THAT AFFECTED VOTING DURING THE 28F IN EL SALVADOR

Even before the beginning of the election day, inconsistencies were already detected in the electoral process, with the credentials that the Tribunal did not deliver to the members of Nuevas Ideas.

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One of the main problems that affected the election was that the TSE did not deliver credentials to many of the representatives of Nuevas Ideas that would integrate the voting boards (JRV)All had been trained.

Drastic changes in JRVs– Surprisingly, some people were notified on Saturday that they would integrate a JRV on Sunday. Priority was given to ARENA and FMLN militants and sympathizers; others were involved without training.

Late opening of centers– As a consequence of not having credentials or while the conformation of the members of the voting tables was being discussed, there were delays of more than an hour and a half in the opening of hundreds of voting centers.

Disrespect to senior citizens– Hundreds of elderly and disabled people, who were called to vote early by the TSE, were unable to cast their ballots due to delays in the opening of the voting centers. 1,595 centers were set up

They desist from voting– It was verified in some places in the south of the capital that people who got up early to vote gave up, after waiting more than two hours and without even entering the voting center.

Improvised JRVs– To solve the failure with the credentials, the TSE validated in the early hours of the morning that they could be integrated without the need of them, doing it by drawing lots, but the notice did not reach everyone.

Fewer ballot boxes, more slowness– Some citizens complained that there were fewer ballot boxes at the voting centers, which generated long lines. The Assembly approved reforms in 2019 to increase from 600 to 700 electors per JRV. 

Closed for breakfast– In San Miguel there were complaints that in some voting centers the opening was delayed because the people in charge were having breakfast at 7:40 a.m., when the law mandates that the centers be opened at 7 a.m.

Ballots with errors– In Santiago Nonualco there were ballots with wrong correlative numbers. There was an agreement by the members to vote, but leaving a record of the “printing error”.

Incomplete packets– The lack of alcohol gel, swabs and crayons were some of the complaints of polling station members, which caused a delay in the electoral process while solutions were sought.

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by Diario El Salvador March 1, 2021https://diarioelsalvador.com/

This February 28, El Salvador is experiencing a civic celebration, in which the population will have the opportunity to choose their municipal and legislative governors for the next 3 years.

11:20 A.M. FMLN recognizes electoral defeat after knowing projections of preliminary results.

The Secretary General of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), Óscar Ortiz, acknowledged this morning the electoral defeat suffered by the leftist bloc after the preliminary results of the legislative and municipal elections of February 28 were made public.

Ortiz assured that, as a party, they recognize the electoral defeat in the face of an “irreversible tendency” and pointed out that they respect the decision of the voters, although he assured that the party will remain faithful to its principles and to the opposition tendency to the current government which they have maintained up to this moment.

“We have lost an election, but the project is still alive and must continue to move forward. I am grateful for the effort, commitment and dedication of thousands of comrades who supported and defended our project and our votes. The effort and dedication of the comrades has been special and we want to send them our recognition and strong embrace”, commented Ortiz.

“We have an irreversible trend and as good democratic agents. Just as we have known how to win, today we recognize that it has been an adverse result for the FMLN and for the left and we assume it with courage and responsibility. The people have spoken and have defined a path for the next three years. We respect this decision, because the voters define this course in this type of process”, he added.

10:00 A.M. Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) informs that more than 80% of the minutes have been processed.

“In the Legislative Assembly we are at 84 % of processed tally sheets, that is to say 6,932, now there may be less missing because the system is changing every minute; Parlacen 81.29 %, 6,870 processed tally sheets; municipal councils 80.90 %, 6, 837 [tally sheets]”, detailed the presiding magistrate, Dora Esmeralda de Martínez, and assured that they have respected the complete data, as each one of the Voting Reception Boards (JRV) has sent them.

At the same time, she stated that 51% of the population went to the polls yesterday, this was assured by the magistrate during a press conference, in which she also provided the percentage of participation of the past elections.

8:30 A.M. Director of the PNC, Mauricio Arriaza Chicas assures that the security plan was successful.

The director of the National Civil Police (PNC), Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, stated in a television interview that the security plan implemented for the February 28 elections was successful.

“For us it has been a very successful security plan”, he said.

The PNC director emphasized that the majority of Salvadorans complied with the indications and this allowed the election day to develop without major inconveniences. He informed that during the executed plan only 15 people were detained, 9 for crimes such as threats, aggressions and thefts, and 6 for electoral fraud.

Regarding the enforcement of the Prohibition Law, the official said that on Saturday, February 27, three people were arrested for dangerous driving, who were driving under the influence of alcohol.

7:30 A.M. Presidential Commissioner, Carolina Recinos projects triumph for New Ideas

This March 1, Carolina Recinos foresees that the New Ideas party, together with GANA can reach more than 60 deputies in the new Legislative Assembly.

“Everything indicates that between 72% and 74% of the votes are in favor of New Ideas”, expressed Recinos.

7:00 A.M. Mario Durán is proclaimed winner of the Mayor’s Office of San Salvador.

Mario Durán changed the description of his official Twitter account to “Mayor elect of the Capital of El Salvador”, and proclaims himself winner.

At this time of the morning, according to the results published by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Mario Durán is ahead of Ernesto Muyshondt.

6:40 A.M. Oscar Picardo foresees that Nuevas Ideas will obtain no less than 50 representatives in the legislative plenary.

During a television interview, the analyst and academic, Oscar Picardo, said that the projections published in the study “Las cartas están echadas” (the cards are dealt) did not change; the survey was conducted by the Centro de Estudios Ciudadanos of the Universidad Francisco Gavidia, and showed the triumph of Nuevas Ideas, and projected that the party could possibly win up to 70 deputies in the legislative plenary.

“In this case, the trend of what we had been announcing was maintained,” he said.

In spite of the fact that the final scrutiny is still pending, the surveys that were carried out in 2020, prior to the elections, today reflect that the perception of the population did not change.

For Picardo, “the phenomenon” of these elections was due to the fact that the other political parties were not able to handle the image they projected before the corruption facts, “there was no act of contrition”, that is to say they did not repent before the population, as indicated by the analyst; he qualified the situation of the parties as “leadership in crisis.”

“They did not know how to solve that issue of the big corruption cases,” Picardo maintained.

2:00 A.M. CIDGallup projects 53 deputies for the New Ideas party.

Salvadorans have spoken clearly and have given, according to projections, a wide victory to the New Ideas party. According to the polling company CIDGallup, which processed the electoral results by word of mouth, it gives 53 deputies to the Cyan party, 3 to ARENA, 2 to FMLN, 3 to GANA and 23 still to be assigned.

Only in San Salvador, whose department grants 24 deputies, Nuevas Ideas would obtain 17, ARENA 2, FMLN 1, and GANA 3, leaving 3 legislators in dispute.

In the department of La Libertad, the second department with the largest national constituency assigning 10 seats, Nuevas Ideas would obtain 7, ARENA 1 and 2 remain to be assigned.

12:30 A.M. New Ideas with wide lead in Assembly, Parlacen and Municipal Councils in preliminary count.

The New Ideas party has a wide advantage in deputies for the Legislative Assembly, Central American Parliament (Parlacen) and Municipal Councils.

At the moment, more than 1,200 minutes have been processed with respect to the Legislative Assembly; while for the Parlacen more than 600 have been processed; and in Municipal Councils more than 400 have been processed.

9:20 P.M. TSE provides preliminary scrutiny update

The magistrates of the TSE gave a press conference this Sunday night in which they updated the information on the vote count.

“The pandemic was not a pretext to exercise democracy, we only needed preventive measures”, explained the TSE president magistrate.

8: 45 P.M. Salvadorans abroad begin celebration

The ambassador of El Salvador in the United States, Milena Mayorga, published in her Twitter account a video showing Salvadorans abroad celebrating the victory of Nuevas Ideas in these elections.

The diplomat expressed feeling happy for the support and reflected it in the publication of her social network. “The Diaspora so faithful celebrating. #SociosParaElDesarrollo”, she said.

8:00 TSE begins to present preliminary election results.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) began to present the preliminary results of the legislative and municipal elections. Up to 8:10 PM, the first 18 minutes processed indicated that Nuevas Ideas is the leading party in the vote count, followed by the Nuevas Ideas – Gana coalition.

7:45 PM New Ideas leads vote count in some JVRs

In the vote count of JRV 0987 of Complejo Deportivo Plaza España, in Soyapango, Nuevas Ideas leads the rest of the political parties. On the other hand, in the vote count for deputies in the school center General Manuel Belgrano, in Santo Tomás, in JRV 2040 Nuevas Ideas totaled 259 votes. Also, in the JRV 7243 of the Alejandro Humbolt School Center, in Ahuachapán, results for Nuevas Ideas were 242, in the scrutiny for deputies.

7: 35 P.M. TSE blames JED’s for delay in opening voting centers

The magistrate of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Noel Orellana, blamed this afternoon the members of the Departmental Electoral Boards (JED) for the late delivery of the electoral packages, which generated a delay in the opening of the ballot boxes.

Different voting centers did not open at 7:00 o’clock sharp as established in the electoral regulations. In view of the annoyance of some voters, Magistrate Orellana clarified that the collegiate body began the distribution of the packages before the stipulated day for the elections.

7: 31 P.M. New Ideas leads the first JRV of the General Manuel Belgrano School Center, in Santo Tomas.

In the counting of votes for deputies in the General Manuel Belgrano school center, in Santo Tomás, the first JRV to finish counting was JRV 2040. According to those in charge, Nuevas Ideas obtained 259; ARENA 54; FMLN 11; GANA 19; Nuestro Tiempo 8; while CD 1. In addition, PCN was awarded three, PDC four, Vamos had three votes, while four were null and 18 crossed.

7:12 P.M Mario Durán thanks the people of San Salvador for their confidence in him.

The mayoral candidate for the municipality of San Salvador, Mario Durán, thanked the capitalinos and salvadorans for the trust placed in his person. On his Twitter account, Durán posted: “The capitalinos chose to be on the right side of history. thank you!”.

7:00 P.M. Nuevas Ideas leads the vote count in the Government Center of Usulután.

Since early hours of the day, Usulutecos decided who will be the new mayor and deputies that will represent the department of Usulután and, therefore, celebrate in front of the Government Center of the department with fireworks the leadership of the party in the vote count.

6:37 Celebration begins without results

With fireworks, different political parties have started their celebration, without having a result of the elections that have just closed. Places such as Boulevard del Hipódromo, Colonia Escalón, San Jacinto, La Unión, Usulután and Santa Ana, among others.

6:00 P.M Finance Minister says that the right of Salvadorans to vote must be respected.

Before 5:00 p.m., some of the voting centers nationwide closed their doors; however, many Salvadorans had not exercised their right to vote.

The Minister of Finance, Alejandro Zelaya, said that “the right they (Salvadorans) have to choose must be respected. It is not their fault that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal has not prepared for this election and has tried to make a systematic fraud”.

For his part, the President of the Republic Nayib Bukele, expressed in his Twitter account that “People have the right to VOTE! The self-proclaimed “defenders of democracy” want to prevent the most basic political right of the people. The PNC must guarantee access to these people, as instructed by the TSE”.

5:55 JRV’s start counting of votes

Different voting centers started the counting of votes. JRV 525, at Boulevard El Hipódromo, was one of the first to start the final process. On the other hand, in JRV 3,681 of Cancha y Casa Comunal Residencial San Antonio, Santa Tecla, there were 406 women and 402 men, among them two disabled people who cast their votes.

5:20 P.M. Media denied access to be present at the vote count.

Members of the board said that in the department of La Union the media will not be able to enter and have access to the vote by vote. It has been said that it will not be possible to do so and they will only be able to document the process from the windows of the establishments.

5: 15 P.M. Different voting centers close without Salvadorans casting their vote.

Voting centers closed at 5:00 in the afternoon; however, in the Alberto Masferrer National Institute, in the municipality of Mejicanos, in San Salvador and in the department of San Miguel, there were disturbances because people were not able to exercise their vote.

According to Salvadorans, the voting centers were closed early and they could not exercise their suffrage.

On the other hand, in the voting center of Colonia Santa Marta, in San Salvador, a large number of people who were in line before 5:00 p.m. were still not allowed to vote.

At 5:27 p.m., an agreement was reached to allow Salvadorans to vote in the different voting centers.

5:00 Closing of voting centers nationwide begins.

The estimated time to be able to exercise the suffrage ended. Different voting centers nationwide began to close, to continue with the next process of counting the votes.

At five o’clock the doors of the voting center located at the Instituto José Damián Villacorta, in Santa Tecla, closed.

In Santa Ana, the voting centers also closed to begin the counting process of leftover material and votes for Legislative Assembly deputies, Central American Parliament and municipal councils.

3:50 President Nayib Bukele and First Lady, Gabriela de Bukele, cast their vote.

The President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele together with the First Lady, Gabriela de Bukele, attended the voting center located at the Hipódromo Boulevard, San Salvador, to cast their votes.

The President was present at JRV 502, while his wife cast her vote at Junta Receptora de Votos (JRV) 525, both at the polling center located at the Hipódromo Boulevard.

At the moment of his arrival, the Salvadoran population showed their support to the President, who furiously chanted “Nayib, Nayib, Nayib!”. Also, before casting his vote, he made a call to the Salvadoran population to approach the voting centers.

3:00 P.M. 77 % of the voting centers have already received the electoral transmission kit.

The president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Dora Esmeralda Martínez, informed that up to 3:00 p.m. of this Sunday, February 28, 77 % of the voting centers at national level, have already received the electoral transmission kit and are ready to start the next stage of this process, that is, the counting of votes.

On his part, the TSE magistrate, Guillermo Wellman, explained that this process is being carried out for the first time in elections within the country. “The only thing that has changed in the election is that technology will be used at the tables, the 8,541 JRVs will do the counts, preliminary scrutiny and will transmit them, because they will have a computer and a projector”, he said.

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2:30 P.M. President of the Republic Nayib Bukele’s press conference begins.

The President of the Republic Nayib Bukele denounced through a press conference the irregularities that have occurred during the day in different voting centers. The president said that there have been generalized situations such as voting ballots that do not have the correlative number, among other things.

He also emphasized that “this day began with several irregularities. I believe that all elections in our history have had irregularities, but they have been small. What we have seen in this election has been different”. In addition, he indicated that there were “voting centers that opened at 10:00 a.m., and then there was an hour and a half long line. Things that were not seen before”.

On the other hand, he made a call to the Salvadoran population to go out to vote and thus elect the next representatives for the 2021-2024 period. “For me, the most important thing is to send this message to the population: those who have already voted, thank you very much for exercising your patriotic duty; those who have not voted, there is still time”.

2:00 P.M. Minister of Housing, Michelle Sol, calls on the population to vote.

The Minister of Housing, Michelle Sol, arrived on Sunday afternoon at the School Center Pedro Pablo Castillo, in Nuevo Cuscatlán, La Libertad, to cast her vote.

She called on Salvadorans to go to the voting centers and exercise their right as citizens to elect the next mayors and legislators. “I call on the population to come and vote. We have to give El Salvador a chance”, he said.

He added that “we only have a few hours left to leave our homes and come out to vote. You have to go out and vote, take advantage of it”.

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1:00 P.M. Installation of computer equipment in voting centers begins.

The informative equipment for the vote counting system arrived at noon at the voting center in the National Institute of Ilobasco, located in Cabañas.

The equipment containing sealed boxes was received by members of the Voting Boards. Said devices will be used by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to transmit the results through a table technology process where each Voting Reception Board will digitalize the voting record.

This process will be carried out for the first time in elections in El Salvador and will be distributed in the 8,541 JRV to make the preliminary count and scrutiny.

12:30 P.M FMLN had a gang member of the 18 as JRV watchman.

The FMLN assigned a gang member of the structure 18 Revolucionarios, who was identified by the authorities as Miguel Ángel Ortiz Vásquez, as a watchman of a Junta Receptora de Votos (JRV) in Panchimalco and was later captured, according to the director of the National Civil Police (PNC), Mauricio Arriaza Chicas.

According to authorities, the subject, who is nicknamed as Morro, was arrested in the voting center Complejo Educativo Profesor Bernardo Villa Mariona in the municipality of Panchimalco, south of San Salvador and who is nicknamed as Morro.

12: 00 P.M. Observers ask the TSE to resolve irregularities in voting centers.

The delegation of international observers responsible for evaluating the process of legislative and municipal elections asked the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to resolve the irregularities and delays that were made at the time of opening the voting centers nationwide.

The Vice President of the Republic, Félix Ulloa, said that in different voting centers of the country, voters were not allowed access to exercise their right and stressed that such irregularities should not discourage Salvadorans to cast their vote.

For its part, the Mission of Electoral Observation and Audit (MOAE) made a call to the leaders of the political parties to avoid issuing false information.

10:00 A.M. Affluence of Salvadorans in the voting centers

At this time of the morning, the voting centers are already crowded with people. The first to line up were elderly Salvadorans, who since early in the morning were waiting to be able to vote, later, in the course of the last hours, young people and adults have shown up to start the electoral process.

Among the first to vote were the members of the JRV and one of the first citizens to vote was José Mejía, who comes from New Yersi, United States. He came last December to visit his family, but his main motivation, he assures, is to come to vote. He came to the voting center on the boulevard of the Hippodrome at 6:00 am and cast his vote at 9:20 am. He waited 3 and a half hours to vote.

9:45 A.M. Prosecutor called on authorities to speed up the process of conformation of JRVs.

During a television interview, Attorney General Raul Melara made a statement regarding the delay in the installation of JRVs that had not yet been enabled, he called upon the corresponding authorities to speed up the process and open the voting centers, warning that if they do not do so, they would be committing a crime.

The voting centers have opened their doors after a delay of more than 40 minutes.

7:30 A.M. Salvadorans are already lining up to enter the voting centers.

Salvadorans attended punctually to the call to exercise their right to vote, however, due to the delays that have been perceived since early hours of the day, there is still no opening in some voting centers.

Spouses González Amaya, went to vote at the Educational Complex Captain General Gerardo Barrios of Santa Ana.

7:00 A.M. opening of voting centers

Vigilantes of Nuevas Ideas could not integrate voting tables, because all the members were already in each one of them. Conformation of JRV delayed the delivery of electoral packages, which in some zones of El Salvador were delivered minutes after 7:00 a.m. (official time when voting centers were to open).

This Sunday, February 28, legislative and municipal elections will take place in El Salvador, which will elect deputies to the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), municipal councils and deputies to the Legislative Assembly.

Initially, prior to the elections of this February 28 there were different inconsistencies, which were denounced and pointed out to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

6:00 A.M. : Supreme Electoral Tribunal makes official the beginning of municipal and deputies’ elections

The presiding magistrate of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Dora Esmeralda Martinez de Barahona announced the opening of the electoral civic party to be held from 7:00 a.m. onwards.

During the conference, Martinez called on Salvadorans to go out and exercise their right to vote. Regarding the entrance blockades for the New Ideas vigilantes to the voting centers, the president of the TSE did not make any statements.

For these elections, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) expects a total of 5,389,017 million salvadorans to cast their vote, and the relevant authorities began with the preparations for the civic celebration.

4:00 A.M. Lack of Credentials

At least ten members of Nuevas Ideas that were to integrate this Sunday the JRV in the school center Colonia San Patricio in the homonymous neighborhood south of San Salvador were left out since the TSE gave them in the early morning other credentials.

Roberto, one of the members of Nuevas Ideas, was surprised this morning because the same Tribunal had trained him twice to be the president and today they arrived with other credentials.

The same thing happened in at least 8 of the 14 JRVs in the center.

The curious thing, says the whistleblower is that they delivered at 3:30 am some credentials of personnel who were not previously assigned.

The whistleblower said that all the ARENA and FMLN party board members received their credentials and among them most of the board presidencies were distributed.

In the first hours before the electoral process, the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, denounced from his official Twitter account, that after 2 a.m. the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) still had not delivered the credentials of the Nuevas Ideas party.

“The few credentials they have delivered are bad and there is less and less time to correct”, wrote the president.

Likewise, the deputy candidate for the department of La Unión, William Soriano, for Nuevas Ideas published a photograph in which envelopes with the contents of the party’s credentials can be seen.

10:00 A.M. Affluence of Salvadorans in the voting centers

At this time of the morning, the voting centers are already crowded with people. The first to line up were elderly Salvadorans, who since early in the morning were waiting to be able to vote, later, in the course of the last hours, young people and adults have shown up to start the electoral process.

Among the first to vote were the members of the JRV and one of the first citizens to vote was José Mejía, who comes from New Yersi, United States. He came last December to visit his family, but his main motivation, he assures, is to come to vote. He came to the voting center on the boulevard of the Hippodrome at 6:00 am and cast his vote at 9:20 am. He waited 3 and a half hours to vote.

9:45 A.M. Prosecutor called on authorities to speed up the process of conformation of JRVs.

During a television interview, Attorney General Raul Melara made a statement regarding the delay in the installation of JRVs that had not yet been enabled, he called upon the corresponding authorities to speed up the process and open the voting centers, warning that if they do not do so, they would be committing a crime.

The voting centers have opened their doors after a delay of more than 40 minutes.

7:30 A.M. Salvadorans are already lining up to enter the voting centers.

Salvadorans attended punctually to the call to exercise their right to vote, however, due to the delays that have been perceived since early hours of the day, there is still no opening in some voting centers.

Spouses González Amaya, went to vote at the Educational Complex Captain General Gerardo Barrios of Santa Ana.

7:00 A.M. opening of voting centers

Vigilantes of Nuevas Ideas could not integrate voting tables, because all the members were already in each one of them. Conformation of JRV delayed the delivery of electoral packages, which in some zones of El Salvador were delivered minutes after 7:00 a.m. (official time when voting centers were to open).

This Sunday, February 28, legislative and municipal elections will take place in El Salvador, which will elect deputies to the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), municipal councils and deputies to the Legislative Assembly.

Initially, prior to the elections of this February 28 there were different inconsistencies, which were denounced and pointed out to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

6:00 A.M. : Supreme Electoral Tribunal makes official the beginning of municipal and deputies’ elections

The presiding magistrate of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Dora Esmeralda Martinez de Barahona announced the opening of the electoral civic party to be held from 7:00 a.m. onwards.

During the conference, Martinez called on Salvadorans to go out and exercise their right to vote. Regarding the entrance blockades for the New Ideas vigilantes to the voting centers, the president of the TSE did not make any statements.

For these elections, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) expects a total of 5,389,017 million salvadorans to cast their vote, and the relevant authorities began with the preparations for the civic celebration.

4:00 A.M. Lack of Credentials

At least ten members of Nuevas Ideas that were to integrate this Sunday the JRV in the school center Colonia San Patricio in the homonymous neighborhood south of San Salvador were left out since the TSE gave them in the early morning other credentials.

Roberto, one of the members of Nuevas Ideas, was surprised this morning because the same Tribunal had trained him twice to be the president and today they arrived with other credentials.

The same thing happened in at least 8 of the 14 JRVs in the center.

The curious thing, says the whistleblower is that they delivered at 3:30 am some credentials of personnel who were not previously assigned.

The whistleblower said that all the ARENA and FMLN party board members received their credentials and among them most of the board presidencies were distributed.

In the first hours before the electoral process, the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, denounced from his official Twitter account, that after 2 a.m. the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) still had not delivered the credentials of the Nuevas Ideas party.

“The few credentials they have delivered are bad and there is less and less time to correct”, wrote the president.

Likewise, the deputy candidate for the department of La Unión, William Soriano, for Nuevas Ideas published a photograph in which envelopes with the contents of the party’s credentials can be seen.4

“What are our credentials doing lying there?” questioned Soriano.

Around 4:00 am, President Bukele stated that if the TSE does not deliver the credentials, and based on article 191 paragraph 3 of the Electoral Code, the JRVs will be able to integrate the tables.

On the other hand, the candidate for deputy of Morazán for Nuevas Ideas, Bladimir Barahona, denounced that in the department the credentials of the party have been issued with different names.

“Nothing and no one can stop a people when they have already made their own decision”, said the candidate.

Nuevas Ideas, through its official Twitter account, confirmed that indeed, the TSE has provided credentials with incorrect names.

A representative of Nuevas Ideas, at the Alberto Masferrer National Institute, located in Mejicanos, stated that the other political parties will be the first to enter the voting center, and that members of Nuevas Ideas will be allowed access last, due to the lack of credential from the TSE, credential that was not provided by the collegiate body. “We don’t know if we are going to conform the tables ourselves,” he expressed.

“They are asking for a credential that the TSE did not give us”, said the Nuevas Ideas supporter.

In the Centro Escolar República del Perú, also in Mejicanos, the JRV members have not entered either due to lack of credentials.

All other political parties have their respective credentials, but the vigilantes of Nuevas Ideas have been prevented from entering the voting centers due to the lack of their credentials, which should have been granted by the TSE.

In this case, the president of the TSE, Dora Esmeralda Martinez shared the communiqué where an instruction is given to the members of the Municipal Electoral Boards (JEM) and Center Chiefs, to give way to the vigilantes of Nuevas Ideas who were not provided with credentials; however, in different points of the country, the irregularity still remains and Nuevas Ideas still does not have representation inside the voting centers.