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2014 Election Blog: Winner Declared in El Salvador's Presidential Runoff

Sánchez Cerén celebrates with his running mate Oscar Ortiz. (Image: Salvador Sánchez Cerén)

Monday, March 17, 2014

After a runoff vote that separated both candidates by less than 6,400 votes, El Salvador’s electoral authorities declared a winner a week after the election. On March 16, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) said that after a recount, the governing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén defeated Norman Quijano of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA). 

The TSE also denied a petition by ARENA to annul the election results, after the party alleged voter fraud during the March 9 runoff. ARENA also appealed to the country’s constitutional court, which has yet to release a decision.

The recount results, which concluded on March 13, showed the same divide between the two candidates as the initial results: 50.11 percent for Sánchez Cerén and 49.89 percent for Quijano. This TSE chart shows the final vote breakdown.

The FMLN celebrated the recount results on March 15, and Sánchez Cerén thanked his supporters on Twitter after the TSE announcement on March 16.

Yesterday, Quijano maintained allegations of fraud, sharing a video on Twitter alleging manipulation during the final vote count.

Sánchez Cerén takes office on June 1 to serve a five-year term.