The gap between Salvador Nasralla and the current president Juan Orlando Hernández has reduced, while Hondurans are still waiting for the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to issue the final results and proclaim the winner.
Nasralla, of the Alliance of Opposition against the dictatorship, fell from 45 to 43.29 percent of the votes, while Hernandez rose to 41.22 percent, with 70.59 percent of the polls counted, according to data from the website of the TSE.
In the last press conference, the TSE president, David Matamoros, reiterated that they expected to have all the polls and final results for the early hours of Thursday.
Salvador Nasralla denounced on Tuesday that current president Juan Orlando Hernandez pressured the TSE to take the victory away from the Opposition Alliance. He noted that "the company hired to give out the results, under pressure from the magistrate president, removed security mechanisms from the data transmission system", which is now vulnerable.
However, Nasralla said his party overcame the fraud: "His 40 percent ( that of Orlando Hernandez) has included the votes of the dead, the money they paid, they also did not give an identity card to several people, closed the polls at 4:00 pm when the time should have been extended until 5:00 p.m. And yet we won! "
According to election officials with access to the vote count, Honduras’ incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernández cannot overcome the lead of Salvador Nasralla, his main opposition opponent. Honduras’ electoral authority, the Tribunal Supremo Electoral, should end political tensions by providing this information officially and publicly, Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director Mark Weisbrot said today.