The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of El Salvador today called more than 5.7 million voters to participate in the presidential elections on February 3, 2019, said the president of that entity, Julio Olivo, who announced the beginning of the campaign .
"We attend, in full the collegiate body (TSE), to make the call for elections for president and vice president of the Republic of El Salvador to be held on February 3, 2019," said Olivo at an event attended by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and the leader of the Congress, Norman Quijano.
The electoral magistrate exhorted 5.746.800 of Salvadorans to "exercise the right to suffrage, assisting to vote in a conscious, free and sovereign way with the confidence that our process is transparent, with veritable and verifiable results".
Olivo explained that "this is the sixth presidential election since the signing of the Peace Accords", which put an end to 12 years of civil war (1980-1992), and in which "7 political parties will participate".
He added that 1,595 voting centers and 9,578 Voter Reception Boards (JRV) will be established for these elections, plus the 29 established outside El Salvador for voting abroad.
Olivo explained that in the coming days the Electoral Court will summon the political parties to "sign a pact for nonviolence and consolidation of democracy."
In these presidential elections the ex-Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez will compete for the Frente Farabundo Martí for National Liberation (FMLN), while the supermarket businessman Carlos Calleja will participate in the coalition of the opposition Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) and three other parties.
The right-wing Great Alliance for National Unity (Gana) has as a candidate the former mayor of San Salvador, Nayib Bukele, whom the polls place as a favorite, and for the "center" match VAMOS will compete Joshua Alvarado.
The FMLN will seek to win its third consecutive term at the head of the executive branch, currently headed by Sánchez Cerén, while Arena will try to "recover" the government it lost in 2009 after governing for 20 consecutive years.
For its part, Gana will seek with the figure of Bukele, prosecuted judicially for slander and sexist violence, break with the dominant bipartisanship in the Presidency since 1994.