AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Entrepreneurs urge the electoral Council to decide on international observers

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 politics   elections   economy   democracy  

Managua (Agenzia Fides) - The superior Council of entrepreneurs, an institution which has a key importance in the economy sector in Nicaragua, insists on the request to have international observers in the presidential election of November 6, even though President Daniel Ortega rejected the idea in his speech at the congress of the FSLN (see Fides 07/06/2016).
The note sent by the local newspaper "La Prensa" to Fides stresses, however, that it is not up to President Ortega to decide on observers but the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE). The President of the Superior Council of private Enterprise, Jose Adan Aguerri, in his column published by the same newspaper on June 7, urges the body of the State, which is responsible "in accordance with its legal powers, to regulate the accreditation and participation of national and international observers in elections, also responding to the request of the majority of Nicaraguans of all political ideologies of our country".
The note informs that the Bishops of the Catholic Church spoke on such a fundamental issue, reiterating the request for international observers, already submitted by the Episcopal Conference to Daniel Ortega on May 21, 2014. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, Archbishop of Managua; Mgr. Silvio Baez, Auxiliary Bishop of Managua; Mgr. Jorge Solórzano, Bishop of Granada and Mgr. Rolando Alvarez, Bishop of Matagalpa, have deplored President Ortega’s announcement and stressed the need of national and international election observers,, for the elections to be held in November. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 08/06/2016)