The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) took charge of 14,000 soldiers in compliance with the constitutional mandate which offers the use of Honduran troops to support the general elections on November 24, 2013.
María Antonieta Guillén, the Presidential designee, led the official ceremony at the First Artillery Battalion in Las Tapias, Francisco Morazán, Honduras, on behalf of President Lobo, with the TSE Magistrates, David Matamoros Batson, Enrique Ortez, and Saúl Escobar in attendance.
The President of the TSE, Judge Matamoros Batson, said, “I am very satisfied with this Act that reflects the commitment of President Porfirio Lobo to the country’s democracy. Traditionally, the Honduras Armed Forces (FFAA – Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras) are made available to the Tribunal by Executive Decree, without any ceremony, and simply with a press release in order for the Honduran people to know this. But, in 2009, providing a new message, he established this ceremony to tell the whole world that the armed institute of the nation is at the service of democracy and our constitution.”