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Honduran New Yorkers Split on Elections

El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: Nov 30, 2009

NEW YORK -- Hondurans voters went to the polls on Sunday to elect their new president after Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a military coup in June. Voters elected Porfirio Lobo Sosa of the conservative National Party. Elvin Santos, of ousted President Manuel Zelaya's Liberal Party, conceded defeat.

The New York polling place for the presidential elections in Honduras was filled with an atmosphere of protest, as hundreds of people voted, dozens couldn't vote because their names did not appear on the roster, and demonstrators called for voters to boycott the election, reports El Diario/La Prensa.

"I am neither for nor against Zelaya," said Marilia Quinonez. "I believe in democracy and that's why I came to vote."

The writer Waldina Medina, who came from Honduras to represent the National Front of Resistance Against the Military Coup, said that in Honduras, public and private sector employees were threatened to be laid off if they don't vote. Her organization has called on Hondurans to boycott the election.

Iris Sosa, who claimed to be Lobo's niece, said she was among dozens of people who could not vote because their names were not on the list. "I wanted to vote because I want change in my country so we can return to peace," she said.

Manuel Pacheco, president of the New York Board of Elections, considered the turnout in New York "successful." By the afternoon, he said, more than 500 people of the 3,500 Honduran registered voters in New York had gone to the polls.

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