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Honduras Electoral Tribunal postpones scrutiny again

The presiding magistrate convenes a new count for Sunday morning and requests the presence of the opposition alliance observers

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Honduras Electoral Tribunal postpones scrutiny again

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras (TSE) has postponed this Saturday, for second time, match of more than 1,000 minutes with inconsistencies of presidential election last Sunday. The judges assured that scrutiny was suspended by absence of observers and representatives of opposition alliance, whose candidate, Salvador Nasralla, has sown doubts about independence of Tribunal and who demands a new count of more than 5,000 Minutes. "We are convening (our staff) at 09.00 on Sunday morning," said Saturday magistrate president of TSE, David Matamoros.

Judge Matamoros asserts that opposition alliance has not appointed representatives and observers to attesting scrutiny. "Today re were new applications, and at this time y did not deliver it," he explained in a press conference.

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The court, Matamoros said, "has nothing to hide." The magistrate asked Hondurans to understand that " election belongs neir to Salvador Nasralla, nor to Juan Orlando Hernández," president of country seeking a controversial re-election. Both candidates declared winners last Sunday night before court published ir official results report. The most recent recorded computation places President Hernández at head with 42.92%, while Nasralla would be slightly below, with 41.42% with 94.35% of electoral tables processed.

Nasralla has denounced that a fraud is being forged to rob him of his supposed triumph in elections. The candidate has requested recount of 5,200 minutes, but magistrates have only given revision of 1,006. "The problem is that electoral Tribunal depends on President of Republic and election night has already managed to delay count," Nasralla said to this diary a few days ago.

The uncertainty in which Hondurans live after elections led to government of Hernández to impose a curfew from this Friday for next ten nights. This has forced hundreds of demonstrators to go out to protest streets for alleged fraud orchestrated by authorities. A 19-year-old girl died Friday night at hands of military police when a group of protesters were attacked by uniformed. This Saturday, however, wave of violence that struck Central American nation has diminished a little.

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