Election results are often contested, and that is one reason why governments sometimes invite official observer missions from inter-governmental bodies such as the Organization of American States (OAS) or European Union (EU). But there are times and places when these outside organizations don't provide much in the way of independent observation.
- Results of Honduran Elections Fraudulently Changed, Says European Union Observer (UpsideDownWorld)
- Honduras Candidate Makes Case for Election Fraud (New York Times)
- Honduras Election Results Challenged (Associated Press)
As of 5 p.m. on November 25, ruling National Party presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernández remains in the lead with 38 percent of votes, according to the results processed by the electoral tribunal from 60 percent of polling stations. Xiomara Castro, the candidate for the upstart Libre party trails with 29 percent. Hernandez and Castro both declared victory on November 24, when less than half of the polling stations’ results had been processed.
The official election campaign ended as of Monday night and now comes the "period of silence" prior to the voting on November 24th, but the concerns about the general atmosphere and abuses continue.
At 4am on December 12, 2012, the Honduran congress removed four out of the five judges that comprise the Constitutional Court of the Honduran Supreme Court. Honduran legal experts call this a technical coup, a violation by the National Congress of the constitutional order, explaining that the Congress has no legal capacity to summarily dismiss judges.
The Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (Cofadeh), along with most of the population, is in shock in the face of the enormous human tragedy in Comayagua Prison which was built for 250 inmates, but holding 850 in 10 cell blocks on the night of the catastrophe.
PROTESTERS ACROSS HONDURAS CHALLENGE IDB-FUNDED 'SHOCK' PROGRAM TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION IN HONDURAS, AND ARE MET WITH MASSIVE VIOLENT REPRESSION