Electoral authorities in Honduras have agreed to review vote tallies from last week’s presidential elections. Defeated left-wing candidate Xiomara Castro demanded the recount, saying she had been robbed of victory by “fraud”. The governing party’s candidate, Juan Orlando Hernandez, has been declared president-elect. Head of the electoral authority David Matamoros said he hoped Ms Castro would admit defeat if the review confirms Mr Hernandez’s victory. The electoral court’s official results gave Mr Hernandez 37% of the votes to Ms Castro’s 29%.
Ms Castro, 54 – who is married to former President Manuel Zelaya – claimed that tally sheets had been altered; the voter registry included people who were dead or abroad, and polling stations were poorly monitored.
“It’s opening a door which is exactly what we want, to be able to check, to present our case,” she told reporters at the electoral court.
On Sunday, the couple led thousands of opposition supporters in a peaceful march against the election results.