CAMIGUA Expresses its Concern Regarding the Electoral Process in San Miguel Ixtahuacán

Tribunal Supremo Electoral
Oficinas Centrales
6ª. Avenida 0-32 Zona 2. Guatemala.
Tel. (502) 22320382 – 5



October 17, 2011


To the Honorable Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Guatemala City,


We, the undersigned organizations from the international community, take this opportunity to express our concern over the recent electoral process in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, in the department of San Marcos. On September 12, 2011, we received a copy of a report written to the Honorable TSE by representatives of the Comité Cívico Miguelense and the Partido Patriota, in which are highlighted several incidents that cast doubt on the transparency and neutrality of both the electoral process and the election results of September 11th, 2011.  In this account of events, the electoral process is described as having been carried out with “deception, manipulation and threats.” Said report, which you have already received, is can be found here.

We wish to draw your attention to their concerns in the hope that an independent investigation be undertaken into the matter to clarify these serious allegations. The representatives of the CCM and PP have asked that the election results from September 11, 2011 be nullified and the elections re-held to ensure the representatives are elected through a democratic and free election, and to guarantee that the people who are elected are the legitimate representatives of the citizenry.

We believe deeply in the democratic process and stand with the people of Guatemala in their pursuit of free, impartial, and transparent elections so that every person has an equal right under the law and the right to both elect and be elected, among other civil and political rights. The right to political self-determination is the foundation upon which any democratic society is built and a human right that the State has the obligation to protect. It is particularly important in the context of San Miguel Ixtahuacán where the increasing level of conflict has already begun to tear apart the social fabric.

We thank you for your urgent attention in this important matter and look forward to hearing the results of your inquiry into the alleged anomalies. We expect that if the allegations prove to be true, the TSE will take into consideration the requests of the Comité Cívico Miguelense and the Partido Patriota in San Miguel Ixtahuacán.




CAMIGUA – The International Coalition Against Unjust Mining in Guatemala


BC Casa / Café Justicia, Canada


Breaking the Silence / Rompiendo el Silencio, Canada


Center for International Environmental Law / Centro para el Derecho Internacional Ambiental, (CIEL), United States.


Guatemala Human Rights Commission / Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Guatemala en Washington, United States


Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala / Red de Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Guatemala (NISGUA), United States


Rights Action / Derechos en Acción, United States and Canada



CC: Ruth del Valle, President of COPREDEH



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