I just conducted an extensive interview a well-placed member of El Salvador’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), the body responsible for overseeing today’s presidential vote. The source asked to remain anonymous. I went to investigate rumors about a firm, Universal Identification Solutions (UIS), that some international observers told me was emplyed by the TSE to help certify the viability of the electronic systems used to count the vote. Some observers expressed concern that e firm and some of its associates may have been involved in electoral controversies in elections in Venezuela.
So, I went to interview members of the TSE, who confirmed that UIS had indeed been contracted-but by the office of the Salvadoran President Antonio Saca of the ARENA party. “That decision is the right of the President” , said the source, who also confirmed that UIS conducted a presentation to international observers last Friday in which it “certified” the viability of the electronic vote counting system used in today’s historic elections. “No other country would hire that firm because if has a dark part” said the source, who did, however, explain that there were other international contractors monitoring the system on the part of both parties.
More on this story as it develops.
My own prediction of the results: a big FMLN blowout. I’ll tell you why I believe this soon.