The National Lawyers Guild and the SHARE Foundation: Building a New El Salvador Today invites you to be a voice for democracy by joining their 2009 Presidential Election Observation Delegation. Delegates will learn about the Salvadoran electoral process, meet Salvadoran activists and experts on the El Salvador's sociopolitical situation, and serve as an official Presidential Election Observer on Election Day.
El Salvador is at a crossroads.
Municipal and National Assembly Elections will take place on January 18, 2009 and Presidential Elections are scheduled for March 15, 2009. During this time frame, every elected and appointed position will be up for grabs. The Presidential Elections are dominated by two parties: the leftist party, FMLN (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front), and the conservative, neoliberal party, ARENA (National Republican Alliance), the party that has controlled the executive branch of government since 1989. The FMLN candidate, Mauricio Funes, is a respected journalist who is critical of the ARENA party and the mismanagement of international foreign aid policies. The ARENA candidate, Rodrigo Avila, is the former director of the National Civil Police.
Tensions are rising in El Salvador as the elections approach, leading to a rise in political violence and fears of electoral fraud and unfair international intervention. At the same time recent polls show the FMLN in the lead in the presidential race.
What is clear is that the people of El Salvador have pinned their need to have their voices heard to this election. Be a voice for democracy! Download the delegation flyer in pdf format by clicking here and the application by clicking here. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2009.