Guatemala opposition party alleges irregularities in presidential election

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The National Unity of Hope party is led by former first lady Sandra Torres, who lost in this recent election. UNE was led by Sandra Torres who lost the recent presidential election. UNE said that its technicians discovered “many contradictions and inconsistencies” after analyzing the physical ballots and the data from the electronic tally used by the TSE. They also questioned how over 8,800 records could have been processed within 30 minutes of polls closing, arguing that this does not align with standard election procedures. They also questioned how over 8,800 records could have been processed within 30 minutes of polls closing, arguing this does not align with standard election procedures.

If the complaints are substantiated, UNE asserts this could represent “electoral fraud that changed the actual voting outcome, violating the popular will.” The party is demanding a forensic computer audit of all election commission systems before any results are certified.

The international community has expressed concern over attempts to undermine the election results in Guatemala. The Secretary-General of the United Nations stressed the importance of independent voting institutions and respecting voters’ will. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in support of Bernardo Arevalo, and Karin Herrera Aguilar as the winners of the elections, called on the Guatemalan Government to take the necessary measures to protect the lives and integrity of these individuals. Meanwhile, Mirador Electoral, a civil society organization, accused public officials of engaging in voter coercion and abuse of authority for electoral purposes, specifically favoring the UNE through the distribution of vouchers and food bags.statementGuatemala has been plunged into a period of unrest and unease since its recent presidential election. Legal controversies surrounded the vote, which inflamed tensions within the Central American country. The electoral authorities barred several center-left candidates from participating. After complaints, a recount of the presidential votes was ordered.