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Municipal elections this Sunday 5 November

News from Nicaragua | Tuesday, 31 October 2017 |

Nicaraguan voters in 153 municipalities go to the polls this Sunday to elect mayors, deputy mayors and councillors.

Nine political parties are contesting the elections. According to the most recent M&R opinion poll, 6.3% of respondents intend to vote for opposition parties, 57% for the FSLN, while 36% define themselves as ‘independent’.

The electoral campaign has been conducted peacefully.  President Daniel Ortega stated that the Electoral Council (CSE) is working with all municipal leaders to ensure that “citizens can vote with safety and peace of mind.”

The Organisation of American States (OAS) electoral mission of 60 experts and election observers arrived in Managua on 29 October, and will be deployed at polling stations across the country.

According to an OAS press release, they will carry out a ‘substantial and thorough analysis of the process in terms of electoral organisation, electoral registry and technology, gender, participation of indigenous people and afrodescendants, campaign financing, political parties and electoral justice. ‘