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Xiomara Castro would take over the Presidency of Honduras, according to the first votes counted

The CNE and the OAS call for the candidates not to proclaim themselves winners until the count has been completed

Castro celebrates the victory and announces that she will contact the opposition to “find points of agreement” for a next government

The presidential candidate of the Freedom and Refoundation Party of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, would take over the country’s Presidency with 53.4 percent of the support, according to data corresponding to 16 percent of the vote.

Thus, Castro would surpass the candidate of the National Party, Nasry Asfura, who would win 34 percent of the electorate; as well as the proposal of Yani Rosenthal and the Liberal Party, which would obtain the support of just over 9.2 percent of the electorate, the local newspaper ‘La Prensa’ collects.

At the moment, slightly less than 580,000 votes have been processed, of which almost 298,000 have been awarded to Castro, almost 190,000 go to Asfura and the rest – around 51,500 – go to Rosenthal’s account.

For his part, the president of the National Electoral Council of Honduras (CNE), Kelvin Aguirre, has reported that around 3.2 million citizens have participated in the presidential elections, which represents 62 percent of the electoral census.

However, the agency has recalled that these first data are preliminary and that, in fact, the CNE has 30 days to give the final results of the electoral process.

Both the Honduran electoral body and the Organization of American States (OAS) have called for calm and have urged the parties and the media not to make victorious speeches in the absence of official results.

However, upon learning of these first data, Castro has affirmed that this Sunday Honduran citizens “have demonstrated and have valued that phrase of ‘only the people save the people.’

“We won,” asserted the candidate of the Partido Libertad y Refundación, who had words of gratitude to her coalition partners, such as Salvador Nasralla or Doris Gutiérrez, collects ‘El Heraldo’.

“We are going for a direct and participatory democracy, and today I extend my hand to my opponents, I will call for a dialogue starting tomorrow with all sectors of the Honduran nationality so that we can find points of agreement that allow us to find the minimum bases for even the next government, “he declared.

“We are going to build a new era together (…) Out with the war, out with hatred, out with the death squads, corruption, drug trafficking, out with the ZEDE (areas of employment and economic development) and out with poverty” , Castro has concluded.

QUIET DAY
The various electoral missions, both national and international, have defined the day as calm in which calm and order have stood out above all else.

Previously, the leader of the European Union electoral observation mission, Zeljana Zovko, has advocated “free, fair and peaceful” elections.

The EU mission has come to Honduras after being invited by the CNE and has 78 observers who, since 6:00 am (local time) have been deployed on the ground.

“In general we have observed a calm atmosphere inside and outside the polling stations. Our observers report that the influx to the voting centers is being high,” detailed Zovko before the closing of the schools.

However, some delays have been reported in the opening of polling stations or incidents when entering the fingerprint in the biometric voting system.

The director general of the National Police, Orbin Galo Maldonado, has reported that the development of the day has been monitored in real time, in which minor incidents have been reported.

Beyond this, the Honduran electoral body has reported the launch of an investigation into a possible computer attack on the electoral roll website.

“The collapse of the CNE’s website for consulting the census is under investigation, and the first information received reflects an attack on the server located at the Council’s facilities,” the agency explained in a statement.

For its part, the polling stations were scheduled to close at 5:00 p.m. (local time), however the CNE has approved that in those centers where there were still Hondurans standing in line to exercise their right to vote, the hours could be extended. for a few minutes.

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