“Empty centers”: after denouncing an electoral farce, the Nicaraguan opposition reported a low turnout in the municipal elections

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In contrast to what was reported by the Ortega regime, the Blue and White National Unity shared images of polling stations in various cities. The Urnas Abiertas observatory affirmed that Sandinismo uses state vehicles to transport voters and requires its militants to report their vote

“Empty Centers”: after denouncing an electoral farce, the Nicaraguan opposition reported a low turnout in the municipal elections

The Nicaraguan opposition released images of empty voting centers (@UnidadNic)

The first hours of the municipal elections in Nicaragua took place this Sunday without incident, according to the authorities, and alsoin the midst of a controversy between the regime and the opposition over the influx to the polls.

“We have seen the influx in all the voting centers and we hope that it will continue like this on this civic day, in these sovereign municipal elections,” said the president of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), Brenda Rocha, after casting her vote in Managua.

For its part, the opposition Blue and White National Unity released photographs of various voting centers in different cities, in which few people observed, with the legend: “Empty centers.”

In recent weeks, the Unit had called on Nicaraguans to refrain from voting, arguing that the elections are “a farce.”

For its part, the political incidence observatory Open Ballot Boxes, made up of a group of multidisciplinary experts and volunteers, reported that the ruling party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), asked its militants to report their vote through a photograph to confirm their participation.

The Blue and White National Unity called on Nicaraguans to refrain from voting, denouncing an electoral “farce”

In social networks, photographs of Nicaraguans could be seen raising the thumb of one of their hands stained with indelible ink, which is applied after voting, and the other showing their identity card, among them the former world boxing champions Ricardo Mayorga and Félix Alvarado.

A photograph was also disclosed of police officers showing their stained fingers while carrying war rifles, supposedly in the inside a voting center.

Open Ballot Boxes described the police scene as “a clear violation of the Electoral Law, which prohibits 'entering the polling place armed,'” reports that “have been received from different parts of the country.”

< p class="paragraph">The observatory also reported that “in its eagerness to fill the ballot boxes, the FSLN uses state vehicles to transport voters to the voting centers.”

At the time that the 7,931 Vote Receiving Boards (JRV) were opened, a lower number of voters was observed in relation to previous municipal elections, a scene that remained unchanged before noon this Sunday, as the agency was able to verify EFE.

Both the head of the Nicaraguan Army, Julio César Avilés, and his counterpart from the National Police and brother-in-law of dictator Daniel Ortega, Francisco Díaz, agreed that the process is being carried out without incident.

“Empty Centers”: after denouncing an electoral farce, the Nicaraguan opposition reported a low turnout in the municipal elections

Despite reports from the regime, several voting centers were empty this Sunday in Nicaragua (@UnidadNic)

A total of 3,722,884 Nicaraguans over the age of 16, out of a population of 6.6 million, were summoned to vote, to elect the mayors, deputy mayors and councilors of the 153 municipalities of Nicaragua, according to data from the CSE, which reported it drops to 755,450 voters in a year without explaining the reasons.

In the general elections of November 2022, in which Ortega was re-elected, abstention reached 81.5%, according to Open Polls, however, the CSE, controlled by the ruling party, placed it at 34.74%.

Last Friday the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) warned thatThe conditions for holding “free and fair” municipal elections in Nicaragua are not in place. The elections will be held “in a context of repression against the political opposition, with measures aimed at preventing their participation and the absence of reforms for the restructuring of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) and the Electoral Law,” said the agency in a statement.

The commission lamented “the lack of minimum conditions necessary to hold free, fair and competitive elections, the proven absence of an independent electoral system and the continuation of violations to human rights” against opponents of the Ortega regime.

More than 200 opponents have been imprisoned in Nicaragua since the 2018 demonstrations, which the Ortega regime Ortega, a former guerrilla in power since 2007, was linked to an alleged failed coup promoted by Washington.

With information from EFE