Sometimes the cell phone is at hand, and from my co-pilot seat I am able to grab a couple of pics as we make our way through traffic. There are about 10 campaign days left before the 2019 Salvadoran presidential election. Here are a few images from the January street campaign (and just a note that citizens vote by marking a black X over the party flag(s) associated with their chosen candidate):
|Let the flag wars begin! The flag game in Apopa, according to a local resident|
is: Whoever has the highest ladder wins.
|Earlier in the day there were FMLN rallies, including one we drove through|
here at the Shafik Handel memorial roundabout. I was too busy being with
co-pilot duties during the rally to get a photo of the crowd, but
the flags remain.
|"Vote for Calleja. Vote for jobs." The ARENA candidate does not have|
nearly as many flags up as the FMLN. However, in the past few days,
volunteers have been out handing car flags with Calleja's face on them to
|Can't miss the celestial blue of Nayib Bukele's campaign. On this day, the|
campaign was registering people to serve as "vigilantes" (party reps that keep
an eye on things at polling sites - now being called "defenders of the vote")
|The Bukele campaign effort to recruit vigilantes|
|Yesterday the buses still had "Feliz Navidad" signs on them. Today, the bus|
campaign begins, at least for candidate Hugo Martínez of the FMLN.
|Self-explanatory. Hugo has flags. Nayib has billboards.|
|A rare siting of a Nayib Bukele flag surrounded by FMLN|
and Hugo flags.
|Seriously, Hugo flags are everywhere.|
|"Vote top and center" (how to find the correct flag on the ballot).|
"Let's make history."
|This car magnet indicates this driver or vehicle owner is part of the Comando|
Familiar movement of volunteers for the Bukele campaign. People can
register as leaders of groups of ten family or friends via a web site
(promoted widely on localized campaign Facebook pages) with a
commitment to make sure those 10 people vote. The promotions
on social media are pretty slick and offer a free polo shirt to leaders.
|Speaking of shirts, the FMLN has no shortage of t-shirts|
appearing at various FMLN-sponsored community
gatherings like this one which featured toys for kids and
baskets of food for families.
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