TEGUCIGALPA – The Organization of American States Secretary-General Luis Almagro proposed on Sunday to hold fresh elections in Honduras amid the uncertainty over the result of the elections held on Nov. 26.
Almagro said in a statement that against the “impossibility of determining a winner, the only way to ensure that the people of Honduras emerge victorious is to hold fresh general elections within the framework of strict respect for the rule of law, with the guarantees of a TSE (Supreme Electoral Tribunal) which enjoys the technical capabilities and the confidence of the people and the political parties.”
On Sunday, the TSE of Honduras declared Juan Orlando Hernandez, the current president of the country who is standing for reelection, as the winner of the elections over the opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, who called for immediate mobilization over alleged fraud.
Almagro announced he had appointed the former presidents of Bolivia and Guatemala, Jorge Quiroga and Alvaro Colom, respectively, as special OAS representatives to carry out the “necessary work for a new electoral process and national democratic reconciliation in Honduras.”
He urged all the parties to support the former presidents and said he was convinced that it was the necessary route to ensure the people of Honduras enjoyed democratic peace and moved towards shared prosperity.
The OAS official said there was no way to ascertain that either candidate was the winner, and the electoral process had been marred by irregularities and violence before, during and after the elections.
The electoral process had also been “affected by external and internal actors” seeking to destabilize the country, the lack of prior guarantees, as well as corruption in the country’s political system, Almagro said.
The reports are serious and prevent bringing about any certainty in the electoral process, according to Almagro, who claimed that the people of Honduras “do not deserve irresponsible statements of attitudes, they deserve maximum guarantees.”