Uncertainty Due to Electoral Results

Because of the problems associated with the transmission of the results to the computer system, eleven days after the presidential elections were held in Guatemala, the manual revision of the 105,000 physical records has begun.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

According to preliminary data from the presidential elections released by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), it was established that the National Unity of Hope, Sandra Torres, was the option that obtained the highest number of votes with 23.7%. Torres was followed by Alejandro Giammattei of the Vamos party with 13.9% of the vote, Edmond Mulet of the Humanist Party of Guatemala with 11.1% and Thelma Cabrera of the MLP with 10.4%.

However, 11 days before the elections, the atmosphere in the country continues to be one of uncertainty, as most political parties have denounced inconsistency in the system of digitalization of the results, which is why it was decided to review one by one, the 105,000 physical minutes that were endorsed by the Boards Receiving Votes (JRV).

See "Torres and Giammattei in Second Round" and "Guatemala's Future at Stake

Regarding the possibility of fraud in the electoral process, Javier Zepeda, executive director of the Chamber of Industry, explained to Prensalibre.com that "... one should not take for speculation or misrepresent what was a calculation error with a fraud."

Derived from the errors in the computer system for this election, the Public Prosecutor's Office carried out raids on June 26 to the TSE's Information Technology Directorate, where documents and information were seized for investigation that is in process in relation to the JRV minutes.

On the matter, Carlos Amador coordinator of the Program of Electoral Observation (Proe) of the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (Cacif), said that "... the actions that makes the MP in the department of computer science of the TSE should not suspend the revision of minutes, and in addition it assured the electoral system rests in the boards. We insist on the credibility of the electoral process and the citizens' will rest on the minutes signed in the voting boards to whom we reiterate our gratitude and trust for the civic work carried out during the elections."

Amador added that "... The important thing is what is recorded in the minutes, the work of all the boards, that work is where the will of all voters is expressed, what there has been is a serious deficiency in the transmission and totalization of data, and that is what needs to be corrected."

For the moment, the official results of the elections are in suspense, because the review of the minutes has begun, a process that does not know how long it could last.



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