The Honduran Elections Should Reflect the Will of the People

Presidential elections took place in Honduras on November 26. These elections were significant because the sitting president, Juan Orlando Hernández, sought re-election despite the fact that the Honduran constitution prohibits the President from seeking a second term.

Now there is reason for serious international scrutiny and concern:

  • The agency in charge of supervising the elections, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, has failed to produce an official report on the results. As opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla appeared to have the lead as of the evening of November 26, stalled results generate serious concerns about possible fraud on the part of the current government.
  • The lack of transparency has undermined Hondurans’ faith in their country’s democratic institutions. Thousands have taken to the streets to peacefully protest. Police and soldiers have tear gassed and shot at protesters, leaving dozens wounded and at least one dead.

Honduras has now plunged into chaos following signs of fraud in its presidential elections and a violent crackdown on peaceful protestors. Alianza Americas calls for full transparency in the vote count, a review of the electoral process, and respect for the rights of the Honduran people to peacefully protest. Alianza Americas joins other civil society organizations in calling for full transparency in the vote count, a review of the electoral process, and respect of right of the Honduran people to peacefully protest. Please lift your voice: