(posted Nov. 5, 3:50 p.m.)- The U.S. government is expressing concern about Nicaragua’s municipal elections last Sunday, lamenting that the polling process did not demonstrate necessary levels of transparency to guarantee Nicaraguans or the international community that the process reflected the will of the Nicaraguan people.
“There have been multiple complaints of the partisan manner in which the Supreme Electoral Council conducted the electoral process prior to the vote and during election day in a way that favors the government party,” according to a statement from State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. “Among the irregularities that were observed on election day were the denial of citizens who wanted to vote, cases of violating the right to a secret vote, and complaints of people who were allowed to vote more than once. These practices have characterized various elections in Nicaragua recently.”
The State Department communiqué says, “We insist once again that the Government of Nicaragua put into practice the recommendations proposed by the electoral observation missions form the UE and OAS following the polemic presidential elections of 2011 and in compliance with (Nicaragua’s) pledge to uphold a representative democracy” as stipulated in the Democratic Charter of the OAS.