‘Mel’ Zelaya considers that Libre ‘exceeded the goal’ in primary elections

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, former president of Honduras (2006-2009) and coordinator of the Freedom and Refoundation Party (Libre) considered this Friday the number of votes obtained by the political institution in internal elections as a “goal exceeded.”

Free, who competed in presidential seats with 4 presidential candidates (Wilfredo Méndez, Nelson Ávila, Xiomara Castro, Carlos Eduardo Reina), reached 505,616 votes in the last report, with 804 minutes still to be scrutinized.

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The advantage of Xiomara Castro, Zelaya’s wife and also a pre-candidate in 2013 and 2017 (although he yielded his candidacy to Salvador Nasralla in general elections) is irreversible, with a 78% of the preference of the voters of Free.

The former president stressed that three months ago they expected to exceed the 400,000 votes and, therefore, its historical record in primary elections. National Party, meanwhile, has exceeded one million votes and the Freel going 758,000.

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However, challenges for alleged anomalies in the elective process have peppered Free: multiple candidates for the presidency, mayors and councils consider that they suffered treacherous practices of consolidated candidates within the movements.

The National Electoral Council (CNE) has confirmed that the challenges will be evaluated in the corresponding instances. Candidates have come to the facilities, even in line, who consider that the minutes have been tampered with.

CNE will make the winners of primary elections official on April 13th, almost 1 month after the primary elections were held, on March 14, on an atypical day in the country’s history, due to the rise of the coronavirus pandemic.

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