Hondurans unsure of alleged fraud ahead of election
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Hondurans will be called to the eleventh general elections on November 28 this Thursday, since their country’s return to democracy in 1980, after nearly two decades of military rule, in uncertainty due to fraud allegedly announced by the opposition.
The appeal will be launched by the National Electoral Council (CNE) on a national radio and television channel, six months before the elections in which fourteen parties will participate, including three, the National (in power), Libertad y Refundación (Libre, first political force) and the Liberals, are the most represented in Parliament.
In the elections, the call of which was preceded on Tuesday by the approval of the new electoral law by the Honduran legislator, a president, three vice-presidents, 298 municipal mayors, 128 deputies in the local parliament and 20 in the Central American parliament will be elected. .
The new law, which was approved by 109 of the 128 deputies who make up parliament, is almost a copy of the previous one, according to minority party leaders and analysts such as the state’s first attorney general, Ángel Edmundo Orellana.
The day before, Orellana wrote on the social network Twitter that “the electoral bill approved by the parties does not promote the modernization of the process, nor does it guarantee the transparency of the control, because 98% of it incorporates the law in force and because the parties will continue to manipulate the results through their militants in the MERs ”(Mesas Electorales Receptoras).
UNITED STATES APPROVES APPROVAL OF NEW ELECTION ACT
The approval of the new Honduran electoral law, recommended for several years by the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU) and countries like the United States, was approved at the last minute after de new requests in this direction from Washington.
Upon learning of the approval of the new legal standard on Tuesday, the United States Embassy in Tegucigalpa tweeted that “we applaud @Congreso_HND for making the long-awaited approval of electoral reforms a reality.
“The implementation of these reforms is the next important step towards a transparent electoral process in November,” adds the same message.
The presidential candidate and member of Congress of the Minority Party for Innovation and Social Democratic Unity (Pinu-Sd), Doris Gutiérrez, said that “the new electoral law does not meet the expectations of the Honduran people, including the vast majority wanted a second round. “.
She added that Hondurans also wanted “electronic voting, transparent transmission of guaranteed results and citizen-controlled polling stations to prevent the (three) (majority) political parties from manipulating this process, which is a citizen process.” .
“Three political parties have come to an agreement, so we are from bipartisanship to tripartism, they share with a large spoon the electoral reception tables, in the same way, the departmental and municipal electoral councils. So there is a concentration of power in these three parties ”, underlined Gutiérrez.
With the new electoral law, the three main parties will exercise control over the polling stations. By comparison, the eleven minority parties will participate at random, with people three meters from the polling stations where the votes are counted, which is “absolutely ridiculous,” the presidential candidate said.
Salvador Nasralla, candidate of the recently founded Salvadoran Party of Honduras (PSH), told reporters that with the new electoral law, he is marginalized because he is “the only one” who can remove the current president of the country, Juan Orlando Hernández, who has headed the executive for two consecutive terms since January 2014.
Hernández’s second term was punctuated by allegations of alleged fraud in the November 2017 general election, according to main opposition forces, in addition to the fact that he sought his re-election when the Constitution does not allow him. under no terms.
Nasralla accuses Hernández of being “corrupt” and “drug trafficker” and wants to stay in power so that the United States does not extradite him and convict him for drug trafficking. However, the president reiterated that he would hand over power on January 27, 2022 and dismissed New York’s accusations that he was a drug dealer.
The PSH candidate also pointed out that, in advance, he warned that electoral reforms would not work and that now what will happen is that thousands of Hondurans will emigrate to the United States because they will not want to continue living a country ruled by crime ”.