Conservatives march to demand vote-by-vote recount in El Salvador's presidential election

Salvadoran police have blocked hundreds of supporters of the conservatives' presidential candidate from reaching a hotel where electoral authorities are doing the final count in Sunday's razor-thin runoff contest.

Supporters of Norman Quijano, candidate of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance, staged their march Monday to demand a vote-by-vote recount.

The initial count shows former leftist guerrilla fighter Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front ahead by less than 7,000 votes out of nearly 3 million votes cast.

ARENA party president Jorge Velado says protesters will keep taking to the streets until authorities agree to recount every ballot.

Electoral authorities say the law requires only that they review vote tally sheets from polling stations.