Days after their speeches at the far-right Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference held outside of Washington, D.C., Nayib Bukele and Argentinian President Javier Milei launched what seems to be a coordinated attack on LGBTI+ communities. While Milei’s announcement focused on banning inclusive gender language in the government, Bukele’s government removed all traces of gender and sexual diversity from schools and public healthcare clinics.

Karina Sosa at FMLN press conference submitting petition to the TSE to nullify the 2024 legislative election.

Photo via FMLN Facebook

Following widespread irregularities and denouncements of fraud, official election results show that electoral changes disproportionately hurt the leftist FMLN, leaving them with no legislative seats for the first time since the end of the armed conflict.

Photo from Diario CoLatino of Salvadoran police taking over the final vote count center set up in the nation's capitol

February 16, 2024: For immediate release

Opposition parties, civil society organizations in El Salvador fear retaliation after denouncing irregularities during legislative vote count

International observers echo concerns about vote tampering, ballot stuffing

International elections observers captured images of what appear to be new ballots being counted for the legislative elections (Photo: CIS)

February 4 Election Update:
International observers confirm irregularities in the final vote count;
Opposition parties and social movement organizations call for elections to be nullified due to fraud

The Feminist Assembly protests electoral fraud with pots and pans on Monday night in San Salvador (photo: YSUCA Radio)

On Sunday, February 4, Salvadorans went to the polls - in El Salvador and, for the first time, at voting centers around the world - to elect the president and deputies to the Legislative Assembly. According to our observers, in El Salvador, at least, voting day was relatively calm. Things started to change, however, that evening when it came time for thousands of voting tables across the country to open up the ballot boxes, count the votes by hand, and submit their results to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

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Photo from Diario CoLatino of Salvadoran police taking over the final vote count center set up in the nation's capitol