The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukeledenounced this Sunday that the Electoral Tribunal closed the voting centers “without letting in Salvadorans who were already in line” to cast their vote.
He leaderthat He proclaimed himself the winner of the elections “with more than 85% of the votes”assured in a message on the social network
Without specifying in which country this situation had arisen, Bukele stated that “all voters who were waiting and who arrived before closing time should be allowed to vote.”
The complaint of Bukele was made minutes after the closing of the voting centers in The Saviorat 5:00 p.m. local time (23:00 GMT).
During the election day this Sunday The president shared on the social network X several videos of Salvadorans voting in the presidential and legislative elections in centers set up in various US cities.
The United States is the country that concentrates the largest community of Salvadorans abroad. According to data from the Migration Policy Institute, More than 1.4 million Salvadorans lived in that country in 2021, half of them without legal residence.
Meanwhile, a report from the Pew Center estimated that in 2021 there were 2.5 million Latinos who identified as Salvadorans.
Some 6.2 million Salvadorans (740,000 abroad) were called to vote today in some elections which were held under the emergency regime decreed on March 27, 2022 by President Bukele, something that had not happened since the civil war ended in 1992.