After a campaign season marked by violence and fears of rigged elections, millions of Hondurans went to the polls this weekend to vote for the country’s next president. International groups and organisations were in the country to monitor the elections, which saw a massive turnout. However, allegations of fraud have overshadowed the results, as opposition candidate Xiomara Castro and some international observers contest the official vote count.
The Indy took to the streets the weekend of the election, before results were known, to see what porteños had to say about the different candidates. For most, the election was a foreign issue and not a topic of high importance. However, a few people had their own opinions on the candidates and the involvement of international groups monitoring the elections.
I lived in Honduras for a couple of years so I am quite informed on the stakes of the election. I would like to see Xiomara Castro win because her victory will mean that the Honduran people have not forgotten the stupidity committed four years ago with the absurd coup the deposed her husband. Even though her victory would mean that the popular will has been recognised, I think the country will remain divided for years to come, unfortunately.
I’m not too familiar with the situation in Honduras, because I don’t read too much and I don’t watch television, but I do not think it is a good thing for foreign governments or international groups to involve themselves in the elections of other countries. This is because outside authorities always have their own interests.
However, I really don’t believe in democracy as it is, with the majority deciding for the minority. Elections don’t take into account the minority. Instead, they isolate the minority. In this sense, even if an election is judged by outside observers to be “fair”, I’m not sure this kind of election will be.
I don’t think the media here offers much of an international perspective when reporting the news, so I’m not too informed on Honduras politics. Nevertheless, I think the elections in Honduras are an important issue for the development of the region. It seems curious to me that after all the political problems in Honduras in the last couple years, the Honduran people would return to the opposition by confiding in the same leadership that has already had a chance to lead, especially in a woman that doesn’t have much experience in politics. I think this is dangerous for a country’s development. We see this happening throughout Latin America, when people return to models that have proven not to function well. Sadly, I think returning to any leadership that has proven not to work is a step back in progress.
Well, I have faith Xiomara Castro can lead even if she does not have much political experience. As the wife of the former president, I believe she learned much about how to lead a country and if she wins, it will show that people believe in her. In Latin America, we have had many female presidents who have proven to be good leaders, such as Michelle Bachelet and Dilma Rousseff and our current president, who also was the wife of a former president and has done good things for the country.