ABSTRACT

Contested Elections in Honduras [December 6, 2017]   [open pdf - 107KB]

"Honduras is on the cusp of a major political crisis in the aftermath of disputed elections held on November 26, 2017. On election night, with 57% of the vote counted, Salvador Nasralla, a television personality and sports commentator backed by the left-leaning Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, held a five-point lead over President Juan Orlando Hernández of the conservative National Party (PN). Hernández edged ahead of Nasralla several days later, after the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) belatedly processed the outstanding votes, which reportedly included the PN's rural strongholds. The TSE's lack of transparency and the statistically improbable shift in the vote have convinced the Opposition Alliance that the election was stolen. The results of legislative and municipal elections also are being contested. An Organization of American States (OAS) electoral observation mission has asserted that it is unable to verify the results due to the tight vote margin 'and the irregularities, errors, and systemic problems' that surrounded the elections."

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CRS Insight, IN10831
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2017-12-06
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