N.Y. Times slams Nicaragua’s election as ‘illegal’

Written by Staff Writer at CNN, Greg Dawson. Nicaragua’s opposition on Friday rejected the vote count in Tuesday’s presidential elections, calling the vote “irregular” and “deceitful” and calling for international observers to reinstate a…

N.Y. Times slams Nicaragua's election as 'illegal'

Written by Staff Writer at CNN, Greg Dawson.

Nicaragua’s opposition on Friday rejected the vote count in Tuesday’s presidential elections, calling the vote “irregular” and “deceitful” and calling for international observers to reinstate a boycott of the vote.

The country’s election agency announced Daniel Ortega had won 58% of the vote, defeating his rival Liberal Party candidate Eduardo Montealegre, who had 42%.

Opposition National Opposition Alliance (ANO) presidential candidate Eduardo Montealegre said the vote was “eliminated by fraud and illegality” and he and his group are “demanding that the voice of the people is heard.”

Independent observers and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said the election was not transparent and aimed to cement Ortega’s power in the country, and international organizations said the process failed to meet international standards and should be held up as evidence of human rights violations.

Roberto Duno, president of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, said that out of 50 allegations of election violations filed with his organization, only three have been fully investigated.

“The incident that occurred in the social media of votes coming from the regional village of Johnson, which was won by [Ortega] shows that there are people with intentions to falsify this vote,” Duno said.

After a lack of transparency during the process, Duno called the entire process an “immoral, handicapped and inexcusable situation,” adding that there were plans to train Nicaragua’s election agency and legislators on electoral crimes as early as this month.

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