Today , November 26th, is Honduras Election Day 2017. Over 6 million Honduran citizens can cast their vote today! Elections include voting for the president, 128 congressmen and 298 mayors. Earlier this year, we had the primary elections to choose the candidates from the different parties. Being a foreigner living in Honduras, I will stay away from politics in my blog. Yet I do find it interesting to share my experience in Honduras elections.
This is the 7th general election process since I live in Honduras. Throughout all these years, I have found election day to be rather civilized. Today I accompanied my 19 year old son to vote. I was interested in getting a feel for the mood. My son gets to vote in the village near our bed and breakfast in the Cangrejal River Valley. So I jumped into the car and drove up for 2 miles to the school at Las Mangas.
It is an orderly process! There was a table outside of school to help voters find the table and line where they should vote. We found that there were quite a few people already in line waiting to vote. People were all wearing their best Sunday clothes to go to the polls. The mood was festive, and I did not see antagonism between supporters of the different political parties. The voting booths where in las Mangas. People from neighboring villages, such as El Naranjo and La Muralla had to travel to Las Mangas. There were different pick up trucks ready to help people get to the voting stations.
I saw two different couples of tourists walk past the school were the voting was taking place. They did not seem intimidated in any way. The general atmosphere was safe and quiet. As we returned home from the voting station, we gave a bunch of people a ride back to El Naranjo.
We have some guests arriving today from Roatan in the afternoon ferry. The ferry is running regularly, and in many ways, it’s just another day in Honduras. Despite rumors of unrest, the democratic feast taking place in Honduras is going on peacefully. I applaud the civility of Honduran citizens! May they have the wisdom to pick the best people to lead the upcoming government!
The election results will be available later tonight or early tomorrow at the Supreme Electoral Tribunal web page.