No Alcoholic Drinks Around Election Time

Ley seca por elecciones en Guatemala

The Political Parties Electoral law in Guatemala forbids the sale of alcoholic drinks the day before and the day after of the general elections, which happens to be tomorrow, September 11. La Bodegona, Antigua Guatemala’s largest supermarket, decided to cover up the entire alcoholic beverages section, including the giant display promotional materials as seen in the picture above and below. To be honest, I don’t know if it really makes a difference.

For these general elections most people, including me, feel very pessimistic about the process. Many people don’t feel represented by any of the candidates. Tomorrow Guatemalans will elect, as always, the least worst of the bunch for the positions of President, Vice President, Congress men and Municipal Mayors.

I will try to bring you fresh images from the voting centers. Stay tune!

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  • Catherine from Oregon

    Rudy, I feel the same way in the United States. Why can’t we elect people who really WORK for the people? I am watching your election very closely and hoping for the best.

  • Cristina

    Represented or not, there were incredible amounts of people voting yesterday.  I heard of people waiting in line up to 4 hours.  In fact, in Joyabaj, people were still voting at 9PM.  The voting was supposed to be closed at 6 PM, but since there were still long lines, they let them vote.  Pessimistic, probably, but at least people want to vote for who they consider the “least worst” option.  (o menos peor, para decirlo en buen chapin)

  • Oakland Daily Photo

    What do you think spurred the huge turn out?  Was a no alcohol day always the rule?  It’s always interesting to hear about elections in other countries.