After a court-ordered review of the vote established the preliminary findings, Guatemalan electoral officials on Friday asked political parties to respect the outcome of the June 25 presidential election.
This comes after numerous allegations of voter fraud led the country’s electoral Supreme Court to suspend the presidential election. The certification of the results was put on hold by the nation’s Constitutional Court due to challenges from opposing political parties.
The opposing political parties claim that a sizable portion of the votes exhibit irregularities, changes, and other problems.
In response to the accusations, the Constitutional Court suspended voting and reviewed the results of all elections, including the presidential one as well as those for municipal and legislative offices.
The assessment, which was completed on Thursday, had caused concern across the globe due to the potential sedimentation of democracy. The court’s ruling was announced late on Saturday following the progressive Seed Movement’s unforeseen victory.
Candidates Sandra Torres and upstart Bernardo Arevalo will likely advance to a run-off election on August 20 if they continue to receive the two greatest numbers of votes in the re-examination. If so, their one-two result in the first round will likely stand. Both are running, which means Guatemala will elect its first president from the political left in more than ten years.
With 11.8 percent of the vote, candidate Bernardo Arevalo edged off a competitive field to take one of the two seats up for election.
There are concerns that the court may reverse the election’s results as a result of the temporary suspension, endangering Guatemala’s already precarious democracy.
Nine right-wing parties’ opponents have appealed the election results to the country’s constitutional court, claiming tampering with the voting process.