Honduran Elections 2017 – The Build Up – Part Two

Dear readers,

Having had an election earlier in the year in the UK, we Brits are accustomed to manifestos, so we can read the intentions of the candidates and know what we are voting for. It also holds parties accountable. It’s often not worth the paper it’s written on. Parties change their minds or things change, but it’s there. We get a copy. We can debate it. Ask questions. Scrutinize it. Is it a first world luxury? Yes. Probably.

Here, I’ve seen nothing of the sort. Lots of promises, but not explaining how it’s going to be achieved. No budgets, no transparency, lack of information, no clear idea what you’re voting for. Not that you would trust a politician anyway, especially looking at the track record, not just here but all over the world. This plays into the political elite’s hands obviously. The people are left with a popular vote. For the poorest, there have been reports of parties buying votes, or paying people to attend rallies. It’s disappointing. Again the poorest lose out.

As stated in the previous post, the anti Juan Orlando stance has been immense. On Twitter there is the #fueraJOHchallenge. I’m unsure what this entails, but there has been a ranchero song by the same name


About Nicholas Rogers

I am an English journalist/copywriter living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and I have been here since 2011. I originally came to work with Casa Alianza, which supports street kids and vulnerable youths. I then stayed on, after meeting Pamela Cruz Lozano, who calls me her adopted Catracho. I work freelance journalism and I have my own translation business. Why did I come here? For the challenge, to open my mind and get out of my comfort zone. I love literature and I've written a book with street kids. I write novels, short stories and poetry, all of which you will find on this blog, as well as a lot of information about Honduras. View all posts by Nicholas Rogers

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