• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • The Honduras Elections: Let the Voters Speak

    On November 29 the people of Honduras will vote for a new president and legislature to govern their country over the next four years. The elections are now the only fair and democratic way to heal the crisis begun well before the June 28th removal of President Manuel Zelaya.

    Former president Zelaya, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, the Organization of American States, and many liberals in the U.S. are banking on a low, indifferent turnout. They want to prove that a climate of repression, fear, and the lack of political options is keeping Hondurans away from the polls. Ironically, these “friends of democracy” are anxious to negate the vote of Hondurans in their effort to prove the only solution to the crisis is the restoration of Manuel Zelaya to presidential power.

    A large turnout, regardless of who wins, will help swing U.S. and international opinion in the opposite direction. It will give fresh momentum to the president-elect as he builds a new leadership team and tries to heal the breach in Honduras’ body politic. It will direct attention away from the disgruntled Zelaya and toward the future.

    The choice for Hondurans on Sunday November 29 is as follows:

    • Stay Home, Don’t Vote, and Let Zelaya, Chavez & Co. Become the real winners. Low voter numbers will likely allow the political crisis to drag on indefinitely with charges and counter-charges about the legitimacy of the vote. It will give outsiders ammunition for further involvement in the internal affairs of Honduras.
    • Go Out, Vote, and Let Honduras Move On. High voter turnout will not only give a powerful mandate to the winner, it will also demonstrate confidence in the ballot box as the only way to resolve the crisis. Big numbers will send a clear signal that the people of Honduras believe their votes must count, that their leaders are genuine, and that the electoral process is working.

    In the 2005 elections, 2 million of Honduras’ 4 million registered voters went to the polls. Honduras’ future hinges on the individual choices of these four million Hondurans who have the right to decide what is best for their nation.

    FYI: Three members of the Heritage Foundation staff – Ray Walser, Jim Roberts and Israel Ortega – will be in Honduras observing the elections, meeting with Hondurans, watching the vote count, and reporting back their observations.

    Posted in International [slideshow_deploy]

    4 Responses to The Honduras Elections: Let the Voters Speak

    1. Evelyn Jones, Palmda says:

      What a ridiculous article, the two choices that you guys mentioned could no be more wrong. The actual choices are the following:

      Choice 1. Vote to allowed the conservative parties (liberal and Nationalists) and oligarchy to continue on power manipulating and repressing the people.

      Choice 2. No Vote until President Zelaya is restore to power and to obtained a more stable environment for the third political party (UD) to have a chance to campaigned for the elections.

      The second choice will give the option to the people of Honduras a choice to continued the course of political conservatism or to move to a more liberal political system.

    2. R. George Dunn says:

      Been crusading for the Honduran people ever since Obama joined with the thugs to attempt a coup of Honduras.

    3. Ozzie Guy, Utah says:

      Evelyn Jones,

      You really crack me up! Your choice (2) is no choice at all! At least that's what I understood from your poorly written message. Catrachos will not give Zelaya, Chavez's lap dog, another chance to ignore the Honduran Constitution and perpetuate himself in office. The military simply obeyed lawful orders and got Mel out of there! Yeah, they could have done it in a more "dignified" way (at least they could have waited until he got fully dressed!), but I'm not going to second-guess them. Zelaya can count himself as being a very lucky individual. In times past, when democracy didn't work so good in those "banana republics" he would be 6' under!

    4. Pingback: Heritage in Honduras: Observing the Election Part 1 | Conservative Principles Now

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×