Brief Election Update

Candidates for the Presidency of the United States recently chose their VIce Presidential running mates causing a media frenzy across the globe. Meanwhile, the presidential candidates in El Salvador are grappling with their ticket (‘formula’) formation as well.  

The candidate for the Frente Farabundo Martí de Liberación Nacional (FMLN) ticket, Mauricio Funes, has chosen Salvador Sánchez Cerén for his running mate, whereas the Alianza Republica Nacionalista (ARENA) president-hopeful, Rodrigo Avila, has yet to chose his vicepresident. The current vicepresident in El Salvador, Ana Vilma de Escobar, is considered the favorite to run alongside Avila.

Funes and Ceren officially signed on as the FLMN candidates on September 2, 2008. The pair became the first to sign in front of the Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) for the March 2009 election. Funes claims the reason for his rapid enlistment was that they are “ready to govern”.

Although the FLMN candidate remains ahead in the polls, Avila is gaining momentum. The margin between the two men is slipping but it is the 42% of the populace that is still undecided that will  play a crucial role in deciding the election’s ultimate outcome.

Sources/ For more information:

http://www.elfaro.net/secciones/elecciones2009/20080901/elecciones6.asp

http://www.metrolatinousa.com/article.cfm?articleID=54626

http://contrapunto.com.sv/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=990&Itemid=154

 

Anna Sanger- Grassroots Education and Advocacy Intern- SHARE Foundation

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