|FMLN, GANA, and PCN candidates attend|
|nearly 400 youth attend the debate|
local government). After intense negotiations, we moved the debate to a public elementary school, Camilo Campos, and moved the debate to Saturday morning at 9am. All parties agreed on this time, and signed a gentelmen`s agreement to bring no more than 25 youth participants, and agreed to orderly conduct. As nearly 400 youth from political parties, organized communities, and the public poured into the school, ARENA had yet to show up. FMLN candidate Ricardo Villacorta arrived, the young (25 yrs old) PCN candidate Juan Franco was there, and GANA candidate and public highschool principal
|Leko, from Joya Grande, presents their youth needs|
|young journalists interview PCN candidate|
This was by far the biggest event CEIBA has ever done, and we hope it happens every electoral year (next municipal elections are in 2015), and hope ARENA shows!
|each party provided transportation to the voting center|
|FMLN helping voters figure out where to vote.|
|long line at the voting center|
accusations of illegal acts of inducing the vote by political parties. Youth election interviews can be found at http://www.vozz.com.sv/. Santiago Texacuangos has over 11,000 eligible voters, and nearly 70% of the population came out to vote! While I was shocked at this level of high participation, local government officials told me it was a lower than usual turnout, and people are feeling depressed about the situation of the country and apathetic about the
|ARENA helping voters figure out where and how to vote|
argue amongst themselves to null the vote, or put in a special ¨to be decided by the Supreme Electoral Tribune¨ box if they cant decide amongst themselves.
This is a heated process where the
guards from each party fight to keep their votes
and if possible null the votes of other parties. I didnt not observe fraud in the elections, although NGO CECADE who observed the local polls noted that the municipal government was open with people inside the building, which is illegal, and that all the political parties instead of explaining how to vote on the ballot, where explaining how to vote for THEIR political party on the ballot, which is a clear violation of the eletoral code,
|jonathan interviews an elderly woman about her decision to vote|