Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

GUATEMALA CITY — The get together of former first woman Sandra Torres, who misplaced Guatemala’s presidential election this week, filed a grievance Friday alleging fraud in the way in which the votes have been counted.

The grievance is the newest try to eradicate competitors to Guatemala’s political elite in some of the tumultuous elections within the Central American nation’s latest historical past.

Torres, a candidate who got here to exemplify the political institution in a rustic the place many individuals have grown bored with endemic corruption, has remained silent since her loss in Sunday’s runoff election and has refused to just accept Sunday’s outcomes.

Whereas the Supreme Electoral Tribunal acknowledged progressive Bernardo Arévalo of the Seed Motion get together because the digital winner with a big lead over Torres, remaining outcomes have but to be made official.

Arévalo emerged because the electoral shock within the first spherical of the presidential contest, ending second in a subject of twenty-two and advancing to the Aug. 20 runoff with Torres.

Carlos López, a lawyer for Torres’ Nationwide Unity of Hope get together, filed the grievance on behalf of the get together, citing irregularities within the vote counting. The grievance, learn by The Related Press, stated they amounted to “electoral fraud that modified the true voting outcomes, violating the favored will expressed by the folks via vote.”

He offered no preliminary proof to journalists to again up his claims.

The grievance additionally accused electoral authorities of breaching their duties and abuse of authority within the electoral course of.

In feedback to reporters, López alleged that there had been duplicate vote tallies that known as into query the nation’s vote-counting system. Although in accordance an official electoral tribunal, within the 164 voting stations known as into query, two vote tallies – one for presidential elections and one other for municipal – have been anticipated.

Torres’ get together additionally claimed that votes have been counted too swiftly and that the pace by which the race was known as was bodily unimaginable, and stated get together screens weren’t given copies of paperwork tallying the votes. The get together demanded that authorities do a forensic evaluation of the outcomes of each rounds of the presidential elections.

“The grievance is expounded to electoral fraud that we contemplate was dedicated when processing the info,” López stated to journalists.

Arévalo’s victory has left a lot of the nation’s political institution reeling, and earlier makes an attempt to disqualify his candidacy have raised worldwide alarms over the state of Guatemala’s democracy.

On Friday, lots of of Guatemalans protested outdoors the prosecutor’s workplace, demanding that one prosecutor resign following accusations that she was a part of an try to persecute Arévalo’s political get together.

United Nations Secretary-Common António Guterres expressed concern in regards to the makes an attempt to undermine the outcomes of Guatemala’s presidential election, a U.N. spokeswoman stated Friday.

On Thursday, the Inter-American Fee on Human Rights introduced precautionary measures in favor of Arévalo and his working mate Karin Herrera, contemplating that their lives and integrity are in peril after they reported two attainable assassination makes an attempt towards them.

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