Honduras goes to the polls this Sunday in elections that will be marred by allegations of fraud and accusations of involvement with drug trafficking against outgoing President Juan Orlando Hernández, which are being investigated by the US authorities. The polls show that voters will decide between two of the three candidates: Nasry Asfura, the leader of the ruling National Party of Honduras, and Xiomara Castro, leader of the leftist Liberty and Refoundation Party. More than five million Hondurans will vote to elect a new president, 128 members of Congress and 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament.
A poll conducted by the Centre for Democratic Studies and published last week places Castro at the head of voter preferences. The leftist candidate is the wife of former president Manuel Zelaya, who was pulled from his bed in his pyjamas at gunpoint and overthrown in a 2009 coup that polarised Honduran society. The poll places Castro’s projected share of the vote at 38 percent, compared to 21 percent for her closest rival, the conservative Asfura. If Castro wins she will be the first ever female president of Honduras.