Friday, 4 December 2009

Voting figures not to be released for weeks

The exact turnout in Sunday's vote is still not known, with the country's electoral tribunal saying official figures may not be available for weeks!

The Electoral authorities claimed 62 percent of eligible voters participated. However at least one independent monitoring group also reported a turnout rate much lower than the official one. Hagamos Democracia, the local partner of the U.S. National Democratic Institute, said its count of 1,000 polling stations put turnout at about 48 percent. Hagamos Democracia's count had a low margin of error and successfully projected the vote's outcome: 56 percent for Lobo and 38 percent for Santos.