On December 2nd, 2018, the first citizen consultation in Southern Honduras was organized in the municipality of El Triunfo, Choluteca to engage citizens with respect to mining projects in the community.
Problems and Purpose
On December 2nd, 2018, a citizen consultation was organized in the Honduran municipality of El Triunfo, Choluteca. It was the first initiative of its kind in southern Honduras. The consultation was followed and closely monitored by different civil associations and international organizations, as well as human rights observers. For the consultation, 60 ballot boxes were installed for citizens to vote in favor, or against, the authorization of mining-related activities in the area.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Approximately 8,606 locals participated in the consultation, of which 97.9% voted against the installation of mining projects in the community, while 0.73% voted in favor and 0.53% of the votes were considered invalid. As the first citizen consultation in the municipality, this initiative was considered an important precedent that could facilitate and foster the implementation of similar participatory processes in the region.