Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) on Sunday released the voter register for next November’s general election., In which the dictator of the country, Daniel Ortega, He will be looking for his fifth post And the fourth in a row, without the participation of the main opposition coalition, and with Seven presidential loyalists were arrested.
In a message on Twitter, the election organization announced it Kept copies of the voter list at polling stations There were Nicaraguans over the age of 16 who attended Citizens Verification Day 15 days ago.
# FreeElections2021 . | The Supreme Electoral Commission (CEC) has been releasing voter records at polling stations across the country since early morning on August 8, in accordance with Activity No. 27 of the Voter Calendar. pic.twitter.com/aN7G1vCkz1
– Supreme Election Council of Nicaragua 🇳🇮 (cse_nicaragua) August 8, 2021
More than 2.82 million Nicaraguans went to 3,106 polling stations to check whether they could exercise their right to vote. Or exercise their right to vote, Total 4.34 million potentialAccording to the CSE, it is controlled by Ortega supporters.
Occurred after the release of the record NGO Urnas Abiertas condemned Serious irregularities in the voter list ahead of the November election, Among them “Too far In the new polling stations, state workers Forced, Political violence, Lack of ethics to prevent Govt-19, use of public resources and political conversion at polling stations, and Persons who died on record. Therefore, according to the company, There are no conditions for holding free and open elections in Nicaragua.
Removed the main opposition constituency
Last Friday, The Electoral Court decided to rescind the legal sovereignty of independent citizens (CxL), a tribal party and a civil society organization, The main opposition election coalition, The remainder of the electoral process.
That was the result Criticized by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Oacnudh) warned that the removal of political parties was “not in line with human rights standards and compatible with free and fair elections.”
The United States also criticized the decision, He described as “the undemocratic and dictatorial nature of democracy” and “the final blow against the chances of Nicaragua holding free and fair elections this year”.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen called the move an “authoritarian maneuver.” He pointed out that this expresses the “will” of dictator Ordega and his wife and vice president. Rosario MurilloTo be in power “at all costs.”
“This electoral process, including its final results, has lost all credibility.”, He pointed out.
Seven applicants were arrested
In the current election process Nicaraguan authorities have arrested more than 30 opposition leaders, including seven presidential candidates Who are being investigated for “treason”
The The Electoral Council has also revoked the legal authority of the three political parties. And parliament, the ruling party has an absolute majority, Reformed the electoral lawThis led to greater control over the electoral structure in favor of the Sandinistas.
Nicaragua, with a population of 6.5 million, will elect its president, vice president, 90 national representatives and 20 representatives to the Central American Parliament on November 7.
Ortega, a former Santinista guerrilla who turns 76, consolidated his government junta from 1979 to 1984 and returned to power in 2007 after serving as head of state for the first time between 1985 and 1990. He accused opposition leaders of trying to overthrow him with US support and branded them “criminals”.
(With information from EFE)