Over the course of its history, Honduras has experienced jeopardized electoral processes, along with a difficult economic situation generated by the effects of the high external debt and the polarized political scene.
Recently, the international community monitored the country’s electoral processes and assessed the excessive involvement of the National Registry of persons (NPR - responsible for the elaboration of the National Electoral Census). Electoral observation also pointed out the partisanship and politicization related to the distribution of managerial and operational positions. These are factors that, added to other socio-economic problems present in Honduras, drive the deterioration of the nation’s image and credibility, leading it into what some might call 'an institutional crisis.'
Honduras’ Country Vision 2010-2038 conceives of a socially, economically, and politically inclusive Honduran society, stemming from a solid political system that respects the equal rights and duties of all Honduran citizens. The Government’s strategy aims to reinforce the principle of "Respect for the Dignity of the Human Person" as the axis of all public policies. It also strives to link such concept to human development as an essential step to access basic opportunities, such as long and healthy life, political freedom, education, and access to resources necessary for a good quality of life.
The Government’s strategy starts by improving its transparency and citizen reliability on democracy values, election system, and access to public goods. The program facilitates this by strengthening the capacity of the National Register of Persons (NPR) in charge of natural persons’ civil status registration and delivery of citizen identification documents. This is key in order to ensure voter registration and a fair process in the preparation of the National Electoral Census, particularly in the pre-presidential elections scenario, which is set for November 2021.
The program has three clear goals: