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UNIORE mission observes general elections in Honduras

Fecha: (12/16/2021 10:16:31 AM)

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras. On November 26, 2021, a mission of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE) initiated a visit to this Central American country to observe the general elections, held on November 28.

The activity began with a meeting chaired by Kelvin Aguirre, President of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Enrique Reina, Magistrate of the Tribunal of Electoral Justice (TJE) and Román Jáquez, President of the Central Electoral Board of the Dominican Republic, Co-President of UNIORE and Head of Mission. The members then attended a lecture on the situation in Honduras from a sociological point of view and met with the Office of Planning. The mission had met previously with the plenary of the TJE and the CNE, visited the logistical center where information kits were prepared for the teams for transmitting the preliminary results and the technological specialists of the UNIORE member bodies spoke with the company that was in charge of the biometric identification of the voters. There was also a working meeting with the Honduran chapter of Transparency International.

On election day, as is usual, after attending the formal opening, the members of the mission, divided into groups, visited polling places from the opening until the conclusion of voting; they were present at the official closing ceremony and evaluated what they had observed, a process that was overseen by the Head of Mission and the Director and Coordinator of the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL). On November 30, recommendations and observations were delivered in a preliminary report to the Honduran electoral authorities.

The mission was comprised of delegations from the electoral bodies of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Puerto Rico. Representing the UNIORE Executive Secretariat (IIHR/CAPEL) were its Director, José Thompson, its Coordinator, Sofía Vincenzi, the international advisors, Andrea Tercero and Tasheena Obando, and the technological consultant Dennys Cascante.

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