According to Matamoros, the process of re-scanning the original tally sheets (actas) to compare them with the scanned images in the TSE election counting system and contrast them with the certified versions of the actas under LIBRE party control was supposed to begin on Wednesday. But in this procedure, there's no mechanism for a recount or handling suspected errors, only comparing versions of the actas. Nor was there a procedure for handling the 2000+ actas for which there are no scanned images, but for which the TSE has recorded vote counts.
Oscar Rivera, the elections overseer for LIBRE, told Proceso Digital that LIBRE indeed met with the TSE on Tuesday to arrange for the recount. The TSE representatives presented a proposal for the way to proceed with the recount, but said if LIBRE was not in agreement, for them to propose an alternative.
We received the proposal and the same night (Tuesday evening) we gave a formal reply to the Tribunal in which we asked for other mechanisms to assure the Honduran people that Honduran democracy would be respected and that the TSE was a serious [professional] organization, but with the reply that they gave us, they haven't convinced us.
Enrique Reina, campaign coordinator for Xiomara Castro, added:
They haven't said what they will do when an acta contains anomalies and we asked that if an acta is inconsistent in some way, that they recount the votes [in that ballot box].
Oscar Rivera went on to note that there were other mechanisms that LIBRE could use in the election law to get the Actas validated. He noted that they were awaiting a formal reply from the TSE magistrates that addressed their request of December 2, not the unilateral approach presented by the TSE in their press release. So, for the moment, a recount is in a holding pattern while the TSE and LIBRE negotiate a process acceptable to both. (11/6/13) (photo courtesy Associated Press)
Note: This article was originally published by Honduras Culture and Politics.