On February 3, 2019, El Salvador held a transparent and credible democratic process to elect the next President of their country. As part of the international observers, the U.S. Embassy deployed 56 U.S. Embassy officials as observers to each of the 14 departments across El Salvador. We joined the ranks of the 2,102 international observers accredited by the Supreme Election Tribunal (TSE). Other observer missions included the Organization of American States (OAS) with 84 experts and observers from 24 countries and the European Union observation mission with more than 80 observers from the EU and Norwegian countries, including diplomats from the EU Member States and embassies in San Salvador. Other international organizations included the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations, the World Association of Electoral Organizations (A-WEB), the International Federation of Lawyers (FIA), the Center for Exchange and Solidarity (CIS), among others.
With 53.8% of the majority vote, President-elect Nayib Bukele won the election, and on June 1, 2019 will be sworn-into office. Commenting on the Process, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean E. Manes congratulated the TSE and the 74,000 Salvadorans volunteers for their civic commitment and hard work to strengthen democracy. She later added, “Based on the preliminary results, congratulations to Nayib Bukele and Felix Ulloa for winning the presidential election. The United States remains committed to supporting El Salvador in its efforts to build a more prosperous and secure country.”
You can see some photos from the U.S. Embassy election mission on our Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40236643@N04/albums/72157689369099703