AMERICA/HONDURAS - Harsh criticism of the Bishops' regarding the electoral campaign

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Tegucigalpa (Agenzia Fides) - The Episcopal Conference of Honduras (CEH) in a message published on February 27, addressed all the faithful of the Country to offer some considerations on the electoral campaign for the presidential elections, scheduled for November 26, 2017 but also useful for the primary election next March 12.
The Bishops, among other things, comment on the re-election of the current president, Juan Orlando Hernández, saying that it "has generated a lot of confusion among citizens", because an article of the Constitution, which originally prohibited the re-election, was modified. Therefore "the change was considered unconstitutional by the population, however, it was admitted as constitutional by the authorities and by another part of the population", said the CEH.
Bishops call on Catholics to reflect carefully on the campaign, which unfortunately takes place in a climate of "growing violence, corruption and impunity, and the distrust of the population against some institutions". The Bishops' Conference has also criticized the lack of depth and seriousness of the propaganda in the election campaign and reminded everyone: "As Christians we must participate in the elections, to commit to dialogue and respect for all, both with our pastoral and ecclesial community workers".
On March 12 the primary elections will be held in Honduras, which involves 17 movements of the 3 main political forces of the country (Partito Nacional, Partito Liberal e Partito Libre) to elect the candidates for the general election in November. 6 million citizens are called to vote. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 01/03/2017)