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Guatemala’s Elections: Political Propaganda

For months, in the run up to the Guatemalan General Elections, political propaganda plastered walls and electricity poles, billboards lined the streets and banners waved in the breeze overhead in every town and village. Even rural areas didn’t escape the onslaught as election publicity littered the landscape.

Political parties blasted out their campaigns nationwide, noise pollution escalating with microphone speeches and overly zealous music pumping out from giant speakers, all the while cheered on by their supporters dressed in matching t-shirts and waving colored flags.

The people lined up at voting centers across the country on September 11. There were ballots for municipal mayors, departmental congress members, Central American parliament, president and vice-president.

As there was no clear winner in the presidential election (candidates need to win 50 percent of votes to win) there will be a presidential run-off on November 6.

Take a tour through some of Guatemala’s 2011 political propaganda.

Jocotenango

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda church jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

election propaganda jocotenango guatemala

Antigua
election propaganda antigua guatemala

Baja Verapaz
election propaganda baja verapaz guatemala

election propaganda salama guatemala

election propaganda baja verapaz guatemala

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5 responses

  1. Eres como una corresponsal¡¡ Buenisimo¡¡
    Un saludo y maravillosas fotos, pintan una realidad del momento que se vive allí…
    Adiós, Lucy…

    September 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    • ¡Muchas gracias Cruz, como siempre! ¡Ése es mi propósito! Siempre hay algo interesante para fotografiar aquí. ¡Saludos!

      September 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

  2. Excellent post and photographs as always. Wow, must be an exciting time there! I am still hoping to put Guatamala on a future list. My son’s teacher is actually married to a man from Guatamala and they have funded a school there. It may be a great opportunity for me to volunteer there this spring! I will keep you posted. I would have to stop by Antigua too! Nicole

    September 19, 2011 at 6:43 am

    • Nicole, thanks so much! I always love hearing what people think about my posts.
      Really? You’re thinking about coming to Guatemala? You definitely have to come visit me in Antigua! Would be great to meet you finally. Where’s the school, do you know?
      Keep me posted on your plans and good luck with your fundraising! I hope to see you in the spring! Lucy

      September 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

  3. Pingback: A Guatemalan Election Campaign: Dancing Characters, Confetti, Firecrackers and a Prayer « loca4motion

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