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Poll shows 63 per cent support for Sandinistas

News from Nicaragua | Tuesday, 24 May 2016 |

Elections will take place in Nicaragua on 6 November, two days before the US presidential elections.

On May 6, Roberto Rivas, president of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) issued the official call to political parties and movements to participate in the vote to elect a president, vice-president, 90 members of the National Assembly, and 20 members of the Central American Parliament (PARLECEN). Seventeen political parties are currently legally registered.

The main parties standing will be the FSLN and a coalition of parties called the National Coalition for Democracy (CND). Members include the Independent Liberal Party (PLI), the Sandinista Renovation Movement (MRS), the Citizen Action Party (PAC), and dissidents who have broken away from the Constitutional Liberal Party (PLC).

An opinion poll carried out in May by M&R Consultores indicates 64.7% support for the FSLN, 12.4% for the combined opposition parties, and 24% not knowns. The level of support for the FSLN compares favourably with the actual result of the 2011 elections which the FSLN won with 63% of the vote.