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EU mission condemns harassment of STE and Semilla party in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Yesterday, the European Union election observation mission (Moeue) strongly condemned the harassment of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (SET) and the Semilla movement by the Attorney General's Office.

The integrationist community group explained that these “resulted in the last hours with the issuance of arrest warrants against the deputy director of the Citizen Registry and a militant of the mentioned movement by the seventh judge of first criminal instance”.

The group also considered that the warrants, as well as the raids of the SET offices carried out by the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Impunity (SPO) constitute an action unbecoming of a democratic State under the rule of law. They tend to subvert the popular will expressed in the votes of June 25.

In the case of Semilla, second in votes, “it attempts against the rights of political participation that the Guatemalan State is obliged to protect, especially in an electoral campaign” in progress.

The Moeue recalled that the SET is the highest electoral authority, whose independence and non-subordination to any State agency is enshrined in the law.

It qualified as imperative that the entity in charge of the electoral process may exercise its authority and functions without restrictions or intimidation of any kind by public institutions whose constitutional purpose is to ensure strict compliance with the laws of Guatemala.

The SPO raided this Thursday for the second time in a week the Registry of Citizens of the TSE, without the official reason for the operation being made public, causing another wave of uncertainty and uneasiness in the country.

In the midst of such scenario, Bernardo Arévalo, who finished second in representation of Semilla, continues his campaign towards the presidential runoff in a month’s time, in a duel against former first lady Sandra Torres, of the National Unity of Hope.


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