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Honduras' electoral court declares recount consistent with original result

Honduras' electoral court finished a hand recount of votes in nearly 5,000 ballot boxes on Sunday, saying that results are "extremely consistent" with original data.

Court president David Matamoros said the recount of less than one-third of the total number of boxes showed that tallies done at polling stations were well-executed.

The court's original tally put President Juan Orlando Hernandez ahead by more than 52,000 votes, or 1.6%, in the presidential election of November 26.

But the electoral process was plagued by delays and inconsistencies, and Salvador Nasralla formally challenged the results on Friday and demanded a full recount.

The electoral court has 30 days from the contest to declare a winner, potentially placing an announcement square in the holiday season.

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