(published Nov. 10, 9:25 p.m.) - The Sandinista-controlled Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) is not allowing the widespread national and international criticism of its handling of last Sunday’s elections put it on the defensive.
Instead, the embattled CSE came out swinging again today, criticizing the Independent Constitutional Party (PLI) of carrying out a violent “plan of terror and chaos” and trying to confuse the country with “falsified ballots” and “fabricated tallies” as part of their strategy to “boycott the elections.”
“We repeat to the citizens that the only official electoral results are the ones given by the CSE, as established by the Constitution and the Electoral Law,” said the CSE, in a desperate-sounding statement released Thursday evening.
CSE President Roberto Rivas, meanwhile, went on CNN en Español Thursday afternoon to defend his performance in last weekend’s elections. He lashed out at the EU’s electoral observation mission, saying: “The European Union is not the word of God.”
Following the CNN interview, the Liberal Constitutional Party (PLC) came out with its strongest-worded press release so far, calling Rivas a “lying” and “illegitimate” magistrate who “stole the elections” and now has “no arguments left.”
The PLC today announced it is preparing a white paper detailing all the instances of fraud that took place in Sunday’s poll.