El Salvador: Netizens Cover Legislative and Mayoral Elections

El Salvador: Netizens Cover Legislative and Mayoral Elections- Global Voices Online, March 14, 2012

Netizens in El Salvador covered the legislative and mayoral elections held on Sunday, March 11, 2012, through blogs and social media. They reported throughout the day and then analyzed the results on the following days; on Twitter Salvadorans used the hashtag #eleccionesSV [es].

One of the blogs that stayed on top of the elections and offered background information for local and international readers was El Salvador from the Inside:

Today, March 11, 2012, up to 4.5 million Salvadorans will vote for 84 senators and 262 mayors in a legislative and municipal election. Nine parties are running (and 5 candidates are independent).

There is an exciting change in El Salvador with this election. Up to now, individual voters have not been able to elect individual “Senators” (Diputado is the word in Spanish for representatives in the legislative assembly).  Previously, you had to vote for a “party”, and the party would then choose the Diputado (sounds like an easy way to get re-elected, doesn’t it?).  Well, that’s half changed, because citizens can still vote for a “party,” like before, or they can now vote for individual candidates.

Online newspaper El Faro posted several Storify posts with tweets, images and other citizen media of the campaign (1 [es], 2 [es]), the day before [es] the election, election day (1 [es], 2 [es]), the vote count, and signs of electoral fraud [es]


Continue reading to see how bloggers reported and analyzed the results.


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