Presidential Election Requires a Second Round in El Salvador

Feb. 7, 2014, 11:44 a.m.

Presidential elections were held in El Salvador on February 2, 2014. The presidential election marked the implementation of two new electoral reforms. First, the Supreme Electoral Tribuna (TSE) changed the assignment of voters to polling stations to a system based off of distance to the polling station; previously, voters had been assigned alphabetically. Additionally, Salvadorans living abroad were eligible to vote in the presidential election, introducing over 200,000 new voters to the roll. Five candidates contested the election to replace President Mauricio FUNES Cartagena, who is term-limited. In the first round of voting, Salvador SÁNCHEZ CERÉN of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front / Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) received the most votes, gaining 1,315,768 votes (48.93 percent). Since SÁNCHEZ CERÉN fell short of the 50 percent threshold required for election, he will face Norman QUIJANO of the National Republican Alliance / Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) in the second round of voting on March 9, 2014. In the first round of voting, QUIJANO received 1,047,592 votes (38.96 percent). Former President Tony SACA finished third in the election, receiving 307,603 votes (11.44 percent) for his Grand Alliance for National Unity / Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (UNIDAD).

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