They argue that this effect is unconstitutional and part of a broader “intimidation” tactic to “sow doubts about the electoral process.” The OAS argues that the effect of this is unconstitutional, and part of a broader intimidation tactic in order to “sow questions about the electoral process.” The OAS had made earlier calls in June 2023 to encourage officials to move forward with the electoral process. Guatemala’s top attorney challenged his campaign at the time. Reuters reported that “that move backfired,” propelling Arevalo’s profile further into the spotlight and prompting a flood of support across the political spectrum. The OAS alleges that the raids were conducted without cause, and that they included a raid at the Supreme Electoral Tribunal headquarters. The OAS claimed that the Public Prosecutor’s Office has denied judicial appeals, petitions and reports of fraud or abuse of power. The OAS/EOM warned that:
… This permanent siege by the
without any clear motive or grounds constitutes political persecution similar to those perpetrated by authoritarian governments. This is the first time in decades that an attack of this kind has been observed in elections. It’s a shameful precedent for the entire hemisphere. The Public Prosecutor’s Office has chosen to ignore the numerous calls from the international community and its behavior violates democratic standards.
Concluding their statement, the AOS warned, “The actions of the Public Prosecutor’s Office are an intolerable violation of Guatemala’s Constitution.”