Sunday, November 18, 2012

Things went smoothly at Escuela Republica Nicaragua and Escuela Inice

Our first voting station was Escuela Repulica Nicaragua. Voting started about an hour late because of the late delivery of materials to all the parties. By mid-morning, lines had formed outside the voting rooms -- the longest outside the National Party's rooms. We didn't observe any rights violations, but we were told that some Liberal party members were asking Libre voters not to bother because their presidential candidate was already chosen and they should vote in the Liberal contest instead. Someone also reported a scuffle in the front of the building between two National Party supporters. Otherwise the school had a community feel and groups of people gathered to socialize after voting. 

We went to Escuela Inice in the afternoon in the El Pedregal neighbourhood. Voters slowly trickled in and things were calm for our entire time at the school. We had the chance to speak to many Hondurans who were out to vote. Almost everyone we spoke to welcomed us and thanked us for being present. Pictured above is our group leader Diana Bohn being interviewed. 

 Above: Line of voters at Escuela Republica Nicaraguar
Right: Police outside Escuela Republica Nicaragua
Below: Libre flags on the street

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