According to preliminary results, the National Unity of Hope (UNE) party leads the vote, with 15.52%, followed by the Seed Movement, with 11.9%.
A group of people in Puerto San Jose, Escuintla, in Guatemala, burned ballot papers and electoral furniture in protest of the results of Sunday’s elections, according to local media reports.
In a video posted on social networks, protesters are seen throwing furniture from the Santa Victoria polling station into a bonfire.
Similar incidents were registered in Quetzaltenango, San Martin Zapotitlan, Peten, Retalhuleu, Sayaxche, Peten, among others.
According to local media, in the municipality of San Mateo, in Quetzaltenango, residents denounced that relatives of the mayor, Elvin Yobany Cifuentes, brought already marked ballots into a voting center.
In protest, the demonstrators tried to enter the polling station to remove the members of the junta. Besides, a 43-year-old woman was injured while observing the riots in Colomba Costa Cuca, also the department of Quetzaltenango.
In the municipality of San Jose del Golfo, a group of people did not allow the opening of four voting centers due to the alleged “carrying of voters.” A group of individuals sprayed electoral staff with gasoline and threatened to set them on fire, which led to riots, with members of the Guatemalan National Civil Police arriving to use tear gas.
More than 9.3 million Guatemalans they were summoned to the polls to elect their president, vice president, deputies to Congress and other public positions.
According to the preliminary results published by the TSE, the National Unity of Hope (UNE) party leads the vote, with 15.52%, followed by the Seed Movement, with 11.95%.
In this way, the presidential candidates Sandra Torres (UNE) and Bernardo Arevalo (Semilla) are emerging as those who would contest the second round in August.