Politics 12-12-2017

HRW asked to investigate "evidence of electoral fraud" in Honduras

The director for the Americas of Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, denounces that after the presidential elections in Honduras, "strong evidence of electoral fraud" has been presented.

In this regard, he asked to investigate the alleged fraud and urged that "the will of the voters be respected."

"There are strong indications of electoral fraud in Honduras, and these signs must be investigated and the will of the voters must be respected," Vivanco said in a statement.

The representative of this NGO also asked the Honduran authorities to "respect the freedom of assembly and refrain from making unnecessary or disproportionate use of force".

"That not only implies that all the votes should be counted correctly, but also that the Honduran authorities must guarantee the right to peaceful protest", added Vivanco.

HRW is not the first institution to denounce alleged irregularities. The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) also points out "irregularities, errors and systemic problems" in the Honduran electoral process.

According to the last count of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Honduras, the candidate for re-election by the National Party (right), Juan Orlando Hernández, obtained 42.95% (1,410,877 votes), while Salvador Nasralla , of the leftist Alliance of Opposition against the Dictatorship, added 41.42% (1,360,439 votes).


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