Guatemala presidential candidates cast votes

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A man waves to a friend as he leaves after voting at a polling station in Mixco, Guatemala, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.  Guatemalans headed to the polls Sunday to choose new president amid a fraud scandal that forced President Otto Perez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti to resign. Both are currently in custody, accused of being involved in a customs kickback scheme. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) A man waves to a friend as he leaves after voting at a polling station in Mixco, Guatemala, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Guatemalans headed to the polls Sunday to choose new president amid a fraud scandal that forced President Otto Perez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti to resign. Both are currently in custody, accused of being involved in a customs kickback scheme. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Guatemala’s interim president and a presidential candidate cast their votes on Sunday.

While casting her vote in Guatemala City, Presidential candidate Sandra Torres of the National Unity of Hope Party, said she’s ready to make the profound changes that Guatemala needs.

Franc Contreras reports from Guatemala City. 

Guatemala Votes In Elections Days After Scandal Ousts President

Guatemala Votes In Elections Days After Scandal Ousts President

Guatemalans headed to the polls on Sunday to elect a new leader in a tight contest that is likely to head to a second-round run-off.

Acting President Alejandro Maldonado also cast his vote – just three days after he took office.

The presidential elections are occurring amid a corruption scandal that forced former President Otto Perez Molina and his Vice-President, Roxana Baldetti, to resign.

Both are currently in custody, accused of being involved in a customs kick-back scheme.

Guatemalans began heading to the polls after they opened early on Sunday to also elect a vice president, members of Congress and the Central American Parliament, and local authorities for municipalities nationwide.

For more insight into the political situation in Guatemala, CCTV talked to Joseph Humire, the Executive Director at the Center for a Free Society.

Joseph Humire on Guatemala election

Joseph Humire on Guatemala election

For more insight into the political situation in Guatemala, CCTV talked to Joseph Humire, the Executive Director at the Center for a Free Society.