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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Young Tasmanian observes elections in El Salvador

Media Release

In March El Salvador will hold presidential elections and the left wing FMLN (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front) are predicted to win. This will be the first time in the history of El Salvador that the President has not been from the right-wing. Concerns about the governing ARENA party using fraud to hold on to power are escalating.

“Alby has been involved in many social justice causes in Tasmania and it is great that he has taken this opportunity to learn about democratic processes in another country” said Rene Aragon, co-ordinator of the Tasmanian FMLN El Salvador Support Group (www.fmlntas.org.au) . “This is a vitally important time for El Salvador on it’s road to a peaceful and just society. It is very important that the elections are conducted in a fair and transparent manner. We believe that Alby is one of only a handful of Australians who observed these elections and we are very grateful to him for his support” continued Rene, who lived in El Salvador until 1996.
Press Release 27 Jan 2009

Young Tasmanian observes elections in El Salvador

TWENTY-ONE year old Hobart resident Alby Dallas, has returned from an intense six week stint in El Salvador, monitoring the potentially volatile national elections.

El Salvador ended 12 years of civil war in 1992 with a Peace Accord negotiated by the United Nations. Since then elections have been monitored by international observers as El Salvador rebuilds and becomes a democratic society.

Hobart alderman Bill Harvey, was also an international observer at the inaugural election in 1994 and assisted in funding Mr Dallas’ trip to El Salvador. Alderman Harvey stated “It’s important that we support the democratic process by sending election monitors, as they provides a sense of security and confidence which allows people to vote freely.”

Alby was a member of the CIS (Centre for Exchange and Solidarity) observer mission. CIS have observed elections since 1994 and report to the Salvadoran Electoral Commission.

“Elections in El Salvador are not yet fair and transparent” said Alby. “We witnessed anomalies that support concerns about electoral fraud, for example the electoral roll is widely reputed to contain names of non-existent people, but is not open to scrutiny by either the public or opposition political parties to confirm or deny this. If it is true, it supports the claim that people with false ID in these names have voted.”

In March El Salvador will hold presidential elections and the left wing FMLN (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front) are predicted to win. This will be the first time in the history of El Salvador that the President has not been from the right-wing. Concerns about the governing ARENA party using fraud to hold on to power are escalating.

“Alby has been involved in many social justice causes in Tasmania and it is great that he has taken this opportunity to learn about democratic processes in another country” said Rene Aragon, co-ordinator of the Tasmanian FMLN El Salvador Support Group (www.fmlntas.org.au) . “This is a vitally important time for El Salvador on it’s road to a peaceful and just society. It is very important that the elections are conducted in a fair and transparent manner. We believe that Alby is one of only a handful of Australians who observed these elections and we are very grateful to him for his support” continued Rene, who lived in El Salvador until 1996.

http://www.cis-elsalvador.org/en/election-observation/current-bulletins.html

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