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European observers denounce Nicaraguan election fraud

The Americas Post - It's beginning to look a lot like the 80's again in Nicaragua

A European Union mission that observed Nicaragua’s presidential election in November, in which President Daniel Ortega was reelected, announced on Wednesday that there was a lack of transparency and that the elections were not credible.

Ortega, the Sandinista leader who ruled Nicaragua after the revolution of 1979, won the election with 62 percent of the votes.   Relying on a 2009 ruling by the Nicaraguan Supreme Court, the election went ahead in spite of a Constitutional prohibition on re-election.

The head of the European mission, Congressman Luis Yanez, reiterated the recommendations of the European Union to reform the electoral system in Nicaragua and ensure that future elections are transparent.

“They were not as credible as we wished they were, with a frequent lack of transparency, opacity, during the election process,” Yanez said at a news conference.

The November general elections “have been a setback in the democratic quality of elections in Nicaragua due to the lack of transparency and neutrality  administered by the Supreme Electoral Council,” the EU reported.

After the election, the losing candidate, Fabio Gadea, reported fraud in favor of Ortega, a former adversary of Washington during the Cold War. Gadea called for civic protests, but failed to garner much support.

Ortega’s party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) also obtained a large majority in the unicameral National Assembly, which has 63 of the 92 seats, enough to amend the Constitution itself.

“The government, political power, and the majority in the Assembly of the Sandinista Front would make the reforms that we consider necessary for the electoral process to be more transparent and credible.  People need to feel represented, so that the expression of their vote can be translated into results that no one disputes, “said Yanez.