Honduras: Reports of Irregularities, but Observer Unable to Corroborate

By: Fergus Hodgson - @FergHodgson - Nov 24, 2013, 7:10 pm

Ana Quintana of the Heritage Foundation is on the ground in Honduras, and earlier today she brought attention to the following tweet:

I asked Quintana to expand on the situation, and here is her email response — unedited, except for the hyperlink:

From what I’ve seen, that’s been the only issue and I haven’t been able to corroborate it. As for the day in general, everything seems to be running smoothly. The voting sites I visited in Tegucigalpa were in good condition and there were no complaints from the Hondurans there. Additionally, the only real concern I have is the transmission of votes from remote areas. At around 1:00pm, a little less than 70% of the voting sites had connected on their computers and scanners with [Tribunal Supremo Electoral]. According to the TSE, those numbers are much higher than 2009. Regardless, this poses a challenge to timeliness of the release of the official result.

I’ll try and send more updates as they come. I’m staying at the hotel the TSE is using as their headquarters and we’re all being guarded by the military. They’ve been nothing but the utmost of professional and respectful of the observers.

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Fergus Hodgson was the founding editor in chief of the PanAm Post, up until January 2016, and he now studies finance at Tulane University in Louisiana and Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala. Originally from New Zealand, he has also lived in Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Ireland, and the United States. Follow @FergHodgson and his Facebook page.