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Guatemalan Prosecutor Office requests information TSE on elections

Guatemala City, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The Special Prosecutor's Office Against Impunity (FECI) of Guatemala today asked the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) for new information on elections, despite multiple expressions of condemnation of its actions.

Through a letter, the prosecutor of that entity of the Public Ministry (MP), Leonor Morales, required the magistrate president of the governing body of the voting process, Irma Palencia, the names of the clerks of each voting center enabled on the 25th June and August 20.

The FECI granted a period of five days to send the data, which also includes the location of these places in order to summon the members of the receiving boards to testify.

According to previous analyses, this agency of the MP is looking for computer system clerks who are allegedly affiliated with Semilla and for which Palencia disclosed her concern.

Local and international organizations insisted prior to the voting last Sunday on social networks and in the streets in the call to respect the institutionality of the electoral regime because it protects the integrity of the citizen vote.

Semilla’s standard-bearer, finally elected president, Bernardo Arévalo, surprised the Guatemalan scene by beating the top-ranked candidates in the polls in the first round of votes.

Immediately, the analysts pointed out, the maneuvers began, among them those of the FECI, to get him out of the political game for raising the fight against corruption, among other proposals described as progressive.

In the midst of a campaign of discredit, misinformation, and delegitimization, even exposing the supposed results of an investigation against him hours before the elections, Arévalo overwhelmed his rival, Sandra Torres, of the National Unity of the Hope.

The 64-year-old former diplomat and congressional deputy will assume the highest post of the State of Guatemala on January 14 of next year, replacing Alejandro Giammattei.