TEGUCIGALPA – The candidate of the Opposition Alliance, Salvador Nasralla, asked the Honduran government on Saturday for a repetition of last Sunday’s presidential election due to alleged irregularities in the counting of the votes.
“I suggest it would be better for the government to repeat the presidential election, calmly and in the most normal way,” Nasralla said in a statement to the press.
In Honduras there is no such thing as a runoff and who wins is simply the candidate with the most votes.
Nasralla, 64, a television host of Lebanese origin, has complained that a fraud is being worked up in Honduras to steal his victory in last Sunday’s elections, of which he proclaimed himself the winner as did the current president and candidate for reelection, Juan Orlando Hernandez.
The Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) has delayed giving the official results of the election and postponed Saturday for the second time a special recount, due to the absence of representatives or observers of the Opposition Alliance, which demands a recount of more ballots than the TSE thought necessary.
According to the latest results posted on the TSE Web site, President Hernandez obtained 42.92 percent of the vote with 94.35 polling stations processed, while Nasralla appears to have won 41.42 percent.
On Friday, the government of Honduras announced the declaration of a state of emergency to curb the violence and vandalism seen in the country.
The lawlessness broke out amid the aftermath of the alleged fraud which took place in the presidential elections held on Nov. 26.
The president’s office made the declaration through Minister Ebal Diaz, who said that the announcement to the citizens was due to be made at 10:00 pm Friday and the measure would take effect from 11:00 pm.
He added that the suspension of constitutional guarantees would be implemented, taking into consideration a request made to the government by the country’s armed forces, the police service, private companies and chambers of commerce.
Diaz told local television Channel 5 that the armed forces and police would be able to counteract the wave of violence that had been unleashed in the country.