In a letter sent to Secretary General Luis Almagro, the political group expressed its concern about the blockade of opposition parties by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal
Deputies from Guatemala denounced before the OAS a possible electoral fraud in next year's elections. (EFE)
A group of opposition legislators denounced this Thursday before the Organization of American States (OAS) their concerns about possible electoral fraud in the general elections in Guatemala next year and questioned the actions of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).
“It is evident that there is an intention of the government party to manipulating the electoral process”, declared opposition deputy Orlando Blancoin a video broadcast on their social networks.
Blanco, along with six other parliamentarians, decided to send a letter to the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, to explain why, in his opinion, the latest TSE decisions are a warning of electoral fraud.
“A process has begun to block electoral participation of opposition political parties” indicates the letter that the deputies sent to the OAS.
The complaining deputies assured that they are arranging a meeting in Washington with Secretary Almagro to personally raise their concerns and request an official OAS visit to the country to verify the conditions prior to the elections.
In addition, the letter sent to the OAS indicates concern that the TSE has insisted on promoting the purchase of a computer system which will modify the vote qualification system and centralizes the databases of companies external to the court.
The complainant deputies assured that they are arranging a meeting in Washington with Secretary Almagro to personally raise their concerns and request an official visit from the OAS to the country to verify the conditions prior to the elections. (EFE)
For its part, the TSE assured a week ago that it is not seeking to modify the chain of custody of the vote in the next elections and reversed its purchases of the computer system that has generated controversy.
On January 20, the Supreme Electoral Tribunalmust call for elections, which will be held on June 25.
So far, the electoral authority has warned about their possible exclusion of the process to two possible presidential candidates.
In October, Secretary Almagro visited the electoral authorities of Guatemala and ratified the commitment of the OAS to observe the electoral process next year.
On election day, Guatemala will elect its president, 160 deputies and 340 municipal mayors for the 2024-2028 period.
On November 15, the political party VOS denounced that the Supreme Court Electoral blocked their registration as part of the pressure carried out by the leader of the National Unity of Hope (UNE), Sandra Torres and President Alejandro Giammattei.
On November 15, the political party VOS He denounced that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal blocked his registration as part of the pressure carried out by the leader of the National Unity of Hope (UNE), Sandra Torres and President Alejandro Giammattei. (REUTERS)
According to the statement, the VOS group indicated that it received a favorable opinion for registration on August 9 after carrying out the procedures and complementing the requirements established by the Law.
“However, the TSE magistrates, arbitrarily and obeying pressure from Sandra Torres and Alejandro Giammattei have maliciously delayed the registration of the party,” argued the political party.
(With information from EFE)