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Honduras: Election observers pronounce ballots fair01:28

Honduras: Election observers pronounce ballots fair

Honduras, Tegucigalpa
November 27, 2013 at 01:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Honduras: Election observers pronounce ballots fair

Official election observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) and European Union (EU) gave their seal of approval to the result of presidential elections in Honduras, which have seen leftist candidate Xiomara Castro lose out to Juan Orlando Hernandez of the ruling National Party. According to the observers, there were no indications of widespread fraud or manipulation of the results.

Ulrike Lunacek, chief of the EU mission to the country, said: "The consensus is that the transmission of votes, what our observers have seen, was transparent. This means that the watchers accompanied the officers and assistants of the tables with boxes and checked there how they did everything. Also in Tegucigalpa, there were our people. I referred to the transparency of this process, I didn't say if there were 24 or 50 or 70 or however many percent of the votes were counted. This wasn't what I am referring to."

According to official results from the country's election tribunal, with around 68 percent of ballots counted Hernandez has an "irreversible" lead in the race, taking around 34 percent of the popular vote to Castro's 29 percent. Manuel Zelaya, Castro's husband and leader of the opposition Libre party, has vowed to continue disputing the result, which he described as illegitimate.

Zelaya has called for Libre activists to take to the streets in acts of peaceful civil disobedience until the election is annulled.

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Honduras: Election observers pronounce ballots fair

Official election observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) and European Union (EU) gave their seal of approval to the result of presidential elections in Honduras, which have seen leftist candidate Xiomara Castro lose out to Juan Orlando Hernandez of the ruling National Party. According to the observers, there were no indications of widespread fraud or manipulation of the results.

Ulrike Lunacek, chief of the EU mission to the country, said: "The consensus is that the transmission of votes, what our observers have seen, was transparent. This means that the watchers accompanied the officers and assistants of the tables with boxes and checked there how they did everything. Also in Tegucigalpa, there were our people. I referred to the transparency of this process, I didn't say if there were 24 or 50 or 70 or however many percent of the votes were counted. This wasn't what I am referring to."

According to official results from the country's election tribunal, with around 68 percent of ballots counted Hernandez has an "irreversible" lead in the race, taking around 34 percent of the popular vote to Castro's 29 percent. Manuel Zelaya, Castro's husband and leader of the opposition Libre party, has vowed to continue disputing the result, which he described as illegitimate.

Zelaya has called for Libre activists to take to the streets in acts of peaceful civil disobedience until the election is annulled.