[Honduras] election crisis

Subject: [Honduras] election crisis
From: rsw@therandymon.com (RS Wood)
Newsgroups: dictator.america
Organization: The Dictator's Handbook
Date: Nov 30 2017 17:54:19

JUAN ORLANDO HERNÁNDEZ (pictured), Honduras’s president, boasts that he
has brought stability and security, but his run for re-election has
caused turmoil. As The Economist went to press on November 30th it was
unclear who had won the election held four days before. After Mr
Hernández’s rival, Salvador Nasralla, posted an early lead,
vote-counting slowed to a crawl and the incumbent closed the gap. With
89% of the vote counted, Mr Hernández led by 0.8 percentage points.

If the electoral tribunal (TSE) proclaims him the winner, that will not
settle the matter. Mr Nasralla told The Economist there will be
protests. The tension evokes the mood after a coup in 2009 against
then-president Manuel Zelaya, after he tried to scrap presidential term
limits. He now backs Mr Nasralla. University classes have been
cancelled, probably to keep Mr Nasralla’s young supporters at home. On
the night of November 29th police fired tear gas at rock-throwing
protesters near a building where ballots were stored, and it was
evacuated; the TSE suspended counting after it said its system had

Those who believe that Mr Hernández’s National Party is trying to steal
the election have grounds for suspicion. Before the vote, The Economist
obtained a tape of what appears to be a training session for party
members who would man polling stations. In it, the trainer instructs
the workers how to carry out “Plan B”, a set of apparently fraudulent
“strategies” that includes filling in leftover ballots, spoiling
ballots and damaging barcodes on tally sheets if they record a majority
for opposition parties. The purpose of this technique, says the
government employee leading the session, is to delay inclusion of tally
sheets favouring the opposition in the preliminary count. As Mr
Hernández pulled into the lead on November 29th, opposition supporters
consulting the TSE’s website claimed that nearly all tally sheets
excluded from the count favoured Mr Nasralla.


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