Ricardo Martinelli Declared Winner of Panamanian Elections
Sunday, May 03 2009 @ 10:18 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - At of 6:30 pm local time in Panama City, opposition candidate Ricardo Martinelli from the "Alliance for Change" is leading with 60% of the vote (353,237 votes) compared to Balbina Herrera with 36% of the vote (219,234 votes). "Also ran" candidate Guillermo Endara is barely registering in the returns with only 2% of the vote (15,769 votes.) It's safe to say at this point the tendencies have been established. For this election exactly 2,211,261 Panamanians were eligible to vote. So far the early returns indicated a participation rate of about 80%, so it would be reasonable to expect about 1.7 million votes will have been cast in this election once it's all said and done. At the time of this report at total of 588,240 votes have already been counted, or about 35% of the expected votes. Right now as I'm typing this, the spokesman from the Electoral Tribunal is calling live from the Atlapa Convention Center to Ricardo Martinelli - and he told him "this is Mag. Pinilla, the President of the Electoral Tribunal - according to the data that we have at this point, with 43% of the results counted, it is clear that you are the winner of this election." He also said "This is a clear result, and there is no doubt that Sr. Martinelli is the winner of this election."
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