Written by: Fernando Santos, Journalist, Guazapa Radio 92.1 F.M. “The Voice of Progress”
Guazapa Radio, as an alternative medium of communication in El Salvador that is “committed to be the voice of the voiceless”, as once said by the Archishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, has once again served its audience through the special program “Voz Electoral” (or “Electoral Voice”) which was produced and broadcasted during the first and second round of the presidential elections.
This program was possible thanks to the collaboration of a team of more than 20 young people, who are very enthusiastic and aware of the social responsibility of community media. Voz Electoral informed the population of the northern regions of San Salvador and southwest municipalities of Chalatenango about the details of the 2014 presidential elections.
The elections were held in two rounds. The law governed by the Electoral Code, Article 216, establishes that if the winner does not receive 50% of the votes, there has to be a second round, with the top two candidates who received the highest number of valid votes in the running.
The first presidential elections held by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) were on February 2, 2014. Salvadorans went to the polls to choose their president among five candidates; four right-wing candidates and one left-wing (Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional FMLN).