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Statement on Daniel Ortega's Decision Not to Invite International Observers to Nicaragua Elections

Contact: Soyia Ellison,

(En español)

ATLANTA — President Daniel Ortega has closed the door to international observation of national elections to be held on November 6, 2016, despite the clamor for observation by a majority of the Nicaraguan people.

In an attack on the international community, President Ortega rejected an opportunity to confirm Nicaragua's adherence to democratic standards of electoral processes that provide guarantees to citizens and encourage participation.

The Carter Center has observed 102 elections across the globe, including four in Nicaragua between 1990 and 2006, with integrity and support for democratic practices. We had welcomed the possibility of observing this year's elections in Nicaragua and lament this decision to ignore a key component of Nicaragua's own electoral law.


Comunicado de prensa del Centro Carter sobre la decisión de Daniel Ortega de no invitar a observadores internacionales a las elecciones de noviembre


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