Honduras Recounts Presidential Election Votes

Flag of Honduras Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Flag of Honduras Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Electoral Court of Honduras has announced a partial recount of presidential election votes.

Honduras braced massive violence after the disputed presidential election results were refused by the opposition candidate.

The opposition coalition urged to recount the Presidential election vote after the initial results showed the victory of President Hernandez by a slight margin.

In the disputed election held on 26 November, after 95% of the votes counted, President Hernandez had 42.9% of the vote while the opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla had 41.4%.

Meanwhile, the opposition has boycotted the recount process protesting the Electoral Court’s decision to recount only 6% of the votes.

The opposition demands thousands of more poll stations recount. But the Electoral Court so far has insisted on counting 6% of the votes.

The presumed victory of President Hernandez by the few thousands of votes left Nasralla supported taken to the street.

Tens of thousands of people took to the street after the election result indicated the incumbent President’s victory.

The protesters, thousands of numbers, demonstrated in support of the former TV presenter turned Presidential candidate Mr. Salvador Nasralla.

Mr. Salvador Nasralla, rejecting the results of the Presidential election, accused the election commission and the ruling side of manipulating results.

The erupting violence left at least three people killed and hundreds more wounded. Hundreds of demonstrators have been detained. The subsequent violence resulted in the security forces announcing a nighttime curfew.

Meanwhile, the international observers urged all the parties to take part in the recount process as more violence in the aftermath of the election might result in a long time instability in the political spectrum of the country.

The U.S. officials and the Organization of the American States have urged the Hondurans to stay away from violence and let the Electoral Court continue the recount process.


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