On Sunday, the electoral commission began to review ballots that showed irregularities. The recount will be conducted using a special procedure that puts the process under the scrutiny of both political parties, international observers and the media.
"We feel that the Honduran people, as we said yesterday, deserve a result, and that result cannot be stopped or be in the hands of any presidential candidate or any party," David Matamoros, president of the electoral commission, Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE), said in a press conference Sunday.
A week after the November 26 election, Honduras still doesn't know who the president will be. Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla, a prominent TV star, has accused incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez of manipulating the election results. Hernandez has not responded to the allegations.
Ballots from 1,000 voting precincts showed irregularities after the electoral commission's voting system shut down on Wednesday while the count was ongoing. Narsalla alleged the shutdown was part of an attempt by the government to manipulate the vote. On Sunday, he told CNN he would only accept the results if 5,000 precincts were reviewed.
The electoral commission had planned to conduct a recount on Saturday morning, but the process was delayed after the opposition party failed to show, Matamoros said. Both parties were supposed to be involved in the process.
Thousands protest on Sunday
On Sunday, thousands of Nasralla's supporters took to the street in Tegucigalpa as part of a largely peaceful demonstration. Many of them, demanding a recount, told CNN that they marched because they felt cheated, not because of their ideology.
"It's a symbolic act, to show that we are marching for our children's future that is being stolen by corrupt politicians," said Raul Lopez, who was marching with his wife and two young daughters.
Young people were participating to show their generation has a new mentality, said 24-year-old Cara Mendoza, who added they wanted change for their country.
Nasralla joined the three-hour march, shaking hands and kissing babies.
At least 11 people have died and 15 others have been injured during the post-election protests, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras. It was not immediately clear where the deaths occurred.
Without confirming figures, the spokesman of the Armed Forces, Jorge Cerrato, and the spokesman of the National Police, Jair Meza, told CNN that investigations are underway to determine who is responsible for the deaths
Nightly curfew put in place
After protests broke out, the government on Friday imposed a nightly curfew in an effort to quell the disorder. The 10-day curfew
is in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day. Only cargo transport workers, emergency health workers, government workers and people involved with the election and electoral parties are exempt from it.
"The executive decree orders the arrest of any person found outside the circulation hours established by the authorities or who is suspected of causing damage to persons or property," Jorge Ramón Hernández, coordinating minister of the government, said on national TV.
He ordered all state and local authorities to be at the disposal of the National Police and armed forces.