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Guatemala begins review of general election results

June 24, 2019
FILE - In this June 16, 2019 file photo, a man walks in the rain to a polling station during general elections in Antigua, Guatemala. Supreme Electoral Tribunal said Monday, June 24, 2019, it is still awaiting final tallies. The tribunal has previously acknowledged software failures and other issues. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guatemalan officials say they have begun reviewing the results from general elections following complaints of inconsistencies.

Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal said Monday it is still awaiting final tallies from the vote on June 16. The tribunal has previously acknowledged software failures and other issues.

The Organization of American States said it is monitoring the process. It has called the results “not fraudulent,” but said it “received complaints of vote buying and observed possible voter hauling.”

Hauling is when political parties take voters to the polls.

Elections chief Julio Solórzano told reporters: “There is no elected candidate yet.”

Former first lady Sandra Torres appeared to have won the most votes and is still expected to face second-place finisher Alejandro Giammattei in an August runoff.

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