On Thursday, Honduras' National Electoral Council (CNE) officially opened the electoral process for the presidential elections to take place on November 28.
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CNE announcement came two days after the Parliament approved a new Electoral Law, which entered into force on Thursday.
A total of 14 political parties will run in the elections set to replace President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH), whose second-term mandate ends on Jan. 27, 2022.
Polls indicate that an alliance would be required among the strongest coalitions to oust the ruling National Party since a low turnout is expected to occur.
Among the contesters with the biggest odds of a win are Liberty and Refoundation Party (Libre) candidate Xiomara Castro, Liberal Party representative Yany Rosenthal, and National Party member Nasry Asfura.
Some 5.5 million Hondurans are called to vote in an electoral process that will also define vice-presidential positions, 20 representatives to the Central American Parliament, 128 lawmakers, and 298 mayorships.
"The CNE is committed to guaranteeing political rights in a clean general election... I ratify my unwavering will for this new page in our electoral history," CNE president Ana Hall said.