The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Honduras reported this Tuesday that it began the distribution of electoral material that will be used during the November 28 elections in that Central American nation.
Electoral ban begins in Honduras in the face of general elections
Citizens will go to the polls that day to elect the president, three vice presidents, 128 members of the National Congress and alternates, as well as 20 representatives in the Central American Parliament and alternates. The mayor, vice mayor and councilmen of the 298 municipalities will also be elected.
The spokesman for the Armed Forces (in charge of custody of the electoral bags), Lieutenant José Coello, confirmed to local media the departure to the voting centers, at 07:00 local time, of the first two shipping routes.
He added that route number 1 includes the departments of Atlántida, Colón, Ocotepeque, Copán and Yoro, the furthest from Tegucigalpa (capital), and carries 3,925 electoral bags.
He said that the second carries 3,721 suitcases and goes to Olancho, Santa Bárbara, Intibucá and Lempira. He also said that “an air operation will be carried out in the department of Gracias a Dios”, located in the extreme east of the country.
Since this Monday in Honduras the electoral ban has been governed, a valid norm for the representatives of the political organizations that have been nominated for the elections of 28N.
According to the electoral law, public demonstrations, political propaganda, disclosure of total or partial results of opinion polls and polls, and of printed, audiovisual, electronic, radio, magnetic or any other kind of material are prohibited.
The main candidates for the Honduran Presidency are Nasry Asfura (National Party, in Government), as well as Yani Rosenthal (Liberal Party) and Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, leader of an alliance between the Libertad y Refundación (Free) and Salvador parties.
Lieutenant Coello told the local press that the electoral bags incorporate biosecurity kits necessary for the operation of the voting centers in accordance with the sanitary protocol devised to mitigate Covid-19 infections.
In this regard, authorities of the National Risk Management System (Sinager) emphasized this Monday on the obligation to wear sanitary masks and observe other security measures during the elections.
The coordinator of the Sinager Epidemiology Unit, Juan Ángel Lara, specified that three protocols will be used: one for the voters who access the polling stations, another for the permanent staff of the CNE and the remaining one for non-permanent staff but with vital tasks , like preparing the ballot box or counting the votes.
In addition to the five million Hondurans qualified to vote and thousands of key tasks in charge during an election, the elections are expected to be attended by some 7,000 national observers and 400 international companions.