Hondurans forged their vote Sunday in a largely peaceable, orderly election, that was nonetheless marred by deep polarization, technological shortcomings and fears of fraud.
First polls started to shut at 5 p.m. native time and the electoral council is anticipated to announce first outcomes at 8 p.m. The announcement will take a look at the council’s capability to ship credible outcomes after a profound overhaul of the electoral system, which was triggered by widespread accusations of fraud within the final common election in 2017.
The chief of the Group of American States’s electoral commentary mission, Costa Rica’s former president Luis Guillermo Solís, known as the vote “a ravishing instance of citizen participation,” noting the excessive obvious turnout. He additionally known as on social gathering leaders to abstain from declaring victory till outcomes are counted.
Each major political events, nonetheless, claimed to have received in almost equivalent Twitter messages posted whereas individuals have been nonetheless casting votes within the late afternoon.
A couple of polling stations stayed open late to accommodate crowds. About 50 of the roughly 5,000 polling stations have been nonetheless letting voters forged ballots at 6 p.m. native time.
Civil society leaders mentioned their greatest concern was the untried digital scanning machines, a few of which have been delivered to polling stations simply days earlier than the vote.
On Sunday, some polling stations nonetheless had not acquired the scanning machines or have been unable to set them up. It was not clear how they’d transmit outcomes.
Some voters have additionally complained of not with the ability to forged their vote due to the current overhaul of the electoral roll. The method eradicated almost a million individuals in what the reform’s proponents mentioned rid the system of the deceased or emigrated voters whose information was utilized for electoral fraud.
The vote was additionally marred by the outages of the electoral council’s web site, which was down for a lot of the day, breeding fraud conspiracies among the many already suspicious inhabitants. The council mentioned it was investigating whether or not the outage was attributable to a cyberattack, with out offering extra particulars.