More than a week after contested presidential elections took place in Honduras, a winner has yet to emerge, and a recount of ballots showing "irregularities" is still underway.
On Monday the electoral commission, Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE), said the recount of thousands of votes is still unfinished, and it will take time before a final decision is announced.
Peaceful demonstrations took place on Sunday in the capital of Tegucigalpa, with protesters demanding a quick – and more importantly, transparent – conclusion to the Nov. 26 presidential election that still had no clear winner.
While many demanded incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez step down, most Hondurans simply wanted a guarantee of an election free of fraud, regardless of the results.
The scene was much different only days earlier, when demonstrations gave way to deadly riots and looting.
In the capital of Tegucigalpa, at least three people were killed. One of those was 19-year-old opposition supporter Kimberly Dayana Fonseca, who witnesses say was shot by police.
The unrest prompted the Honduran government to suspend constitutional rights, and a military-enforced curfew remains in place from 6 pm to 6 am.
Both sitting president Hernandez and his challenger, former television personality Salvador Nasralla, had claimed victory immediately following the vote. While Nasralla seemed poised to win after initial vote counts, Hernandez gained a narrow lead later in the week, prompting allegations of foul play.
Honduras' electoral commission, controlled by President Hernandez's National Party, cited a computer failure as the culprit behind the delay in the vote count.
Nasralla called for the vote to be held again, monitored by an international electoral tribunal. The opposition candidate has also called on his supporters to honor the curfew.
The EU Electoral Observation Mission in Honduras expressed its determination to see that the TSE facilitate a fair recount of the votes.
"We want to see the process continue under conditions of transparency. The trust of the people must be regained. The elections commission has the opportunity to regain the trust of the people, we hope they do so."
EU Electoral Observation Mission in Honduras
It remains to be seen whether the return to peace will continue with the implementation of the curfew, and how soon the electoral commission will release the results of the recount.
But many Hondurans worry that a continued delay in an announcement – or the possibility of a non-transparent win for the incumbent president – will incite more violence.