Supreme Court ratifies suspending electoral results in Guatemala | News

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The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) reported this Friday that the officialization of the results of the 2023 general elections is still on hold and gives a period of 10 days to complete compliance with what the Constitutional Court (CC) ordered.


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For this reason, it ordered the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) that while it is determined whether the Electoral Boards complied with what was ordered by the Constitutional Court (CC), continue with the suspension, classification and officialization of results, therefore, the Adjudication of positions at the national level continues to be suspended.

The document is only signed by magistrate Silvia Valdez, as president of the CSJ; and by the secretary, Dora Nájera.

The Supreme Court has thus rejected the request of the Seed Movement, which requested the annulment of the suspension.

The review was carried out at the request of the conservative parties Valor y Todos and seven other political parties that denounced electoral fraud in favor of the left-wing Movimiento Semilla led by Bernardo Arévalo.

However, a first review of the results has favored precisely Arévalo in the presidential elections. By party, the result for Semilla (408 new votes), Valor-Unionist Coalition (181 votes), National Unity of Hope (UNE, 66 votes) and Vamos (30 votes) has increased.

The first results place Sandra Torres, from UNE, and Bernardo Arévalo, from Movimiento Semilla, as the most voted options (15.86 and 11.78 percent), with which they will contest the Presidency in the second round on the next 20 of August.

At the same time, it establishes that "if the order is not complied with within a period of 10 days... it will be certified where appropriate..., in addition to the corresponding sanctions"; and asked the TSE for a report on the manner in which they complied with the provisional amparo granted by the CC, within a period of 12 hours.

The TSE reported this Friday that it must resolve internal processes before being able to make official the results of the elections on June 25, after completing a review ordered by the country's Constitutional Court.

According to the president of the court, Irma Palencia, there are computer and data consolidation processes that must be carried out before the results can be made official.

"When these processes are finished, we will analyze the information we have and since we do not have any pending, we will make a decision," Palencia said during a press conference, held at a hotel in Guatemala City.

The second scrutiny review ordered by the Constitutional Court reaffirms the results of the votes that were transmitted after the polls closed.

The count of the first electoral round determined that Sandra Torres, from the National Unity of Hope (UNE) party; and Bernardo Arévalo, from the opposition party Movimiento Semilla, will face each other in a second round on August 20 of this year.

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