While various claims have been made about “high” turnout in Honduras, we should approach such claims with skepticism, at least for now. The TSE still has not posted anything other than “preliminary” results on its website. These show, at last check, that the combined votes for the presidential candidates are 1,527,969.
In 2005, the combined total of valid votes cast for all presidential candidates was 2,001,980 (also available at the TSE)
Could more than 470,000 votes (equivalent to more than 20% of the 2005 total valid vote) remain to be counted two days after the election? Or could more than 470,000 voters have cast blank or spoiled ballots? (In 2005, there were 133,351 “nulos” and 55,139 “blancos.”)
I refer readers again to boz’s pre-election post where he looked at the numbers in past elections and discussed the parameters for post-election spin.