[News] Honduran Police and Military Attack Opposition Protesters - TSE accused of manipulating the presidential vote count
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Honduran Police and Military Attack Opposition Protesters
30 November 2017
Honduran national police and military forces threw tear gas at and
chased out opposition supporters from the area in front of the Supreme
Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa early this morning, according to
teleSUR correspondent Gilda Silvestrucci.
The Gap Between Nasralla and Hernández in Honduras Narrows
Several people had to be taken to the hospital for treatment and tear
gas fumes spread into the TSE offices forcing the staff to evacuate for
a short time.
Supporters of Opposition Alliance presidential candidate Salvador
Nasralla remain on the rainy capital streets this morning, blocking off
avenues, saying they will continue to protest along the “main streets”
of Tegucigalpa, reported La Prensa.
Nasralla maintains the TSE is manipulating the presidential vote count,
now in its fifth day, to favor the candidate’s main opponent, incumbent
President Juan Orlando Hernandez of the right-wing National Party.
At a press conference late last night Nasralla said, "We do not trust
[TSE] results because they are cheating [and] manipulating the system."
He claimed the TSE is “stealing” his “victory.”
Nasralla told the crowd he is retracting his signature from an
Organization of American States document he signed just hours before
promising to recognize the TSE election results. "The document I signed
today with the OAS has no validity," he said.
Honduras' Nasralla: 'Electoral Body Rigging Vote Count'
The opposition candidate said he will only recognize the “18,103
physical ballots made at voting booths [that] confirm that Salvador
Nasralla is the constitutional president of the republic for the period
of 2018 to 2022, according to the decision of the majority of the
He noted at the conference that the TSE computer system unexpectedly
shut down on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and workers “began to count unsigned
ballots,” when only signed ballots are considered legitimate. The TSE
website stopped posting election results on its website for 36 hours on
Monday and resumed again on Tuesday, pressured by the European Union
Parliament Electoral Observation Mission in Honduras.
“I will not accept the results of ballots from the [TSE] that are being
put in without signatures and are changing the popular vote … They take
us for idiots and want to steal our victory," Nasralla added.
Also on hand at the press conference was former President Manuel Zelaya,
who was ousted in a military coup in 2009. "This is the first time [in
presidential electoral history] that the TSE hasn’t produced vote
results in the time stipulated for the electoral process," Zelaya said.
Nasralla has called out several other electoral irregularities since
polls closed Sunday evening, including that some polling stations closed
at 4:00 p.m., an hour earlier than mandated. He said the TSE computer
system was tampered with, eliminating certain electoral transparency and
The opposition candidate also noted that the TSE is not counting ballots
from regions sympathetic to him and his party, instead, counting those
from departments aligned to Hernandez, cutting Nasralla’s once 5 percent
lead to now favor Hernandez by about 1 percent in the polls.
According to the TSE website at 8:50 a.m. local time, with 88.57 percent
of the votes counted, Nasralla was behind with 41.7 percent to
Hernandez' 42.48 percent.
In a press conference Tuesday, Marisa Matias, mission leader of the
European Union Parliament Electoral Observation Mission in Honduras,
agreed that the TSE needed to count ballots faster and that the TSE and
National Party need to be “depoliticized.”
The TSE President David Matamoros told the press, "The process is still
moving forward. We are working hard so we can inform the Honduran
people. And, obviously, the ballots that are missing are the ballots
that, just like all ballots, represent the will of the people expressed
on election day."
Nasralla finished the press conference saying, “David Matamoros is doing
everything possible to take away our victory.”
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