(published Nov. 17, 12:40 p.m.) – The Supreme Electoral Council’s (CSE) poor handling of the Nov. 6 general elections got even worse after the polls closed, according to a scathing new release from the EU electoral observation mission.
The EU mission today released a statement accusing the CSE of being “opaque and arbitrary” during the final phase of the electoral process. The EU mission said the CSE’s job performance during the final transmission, counting and publishing of the final vote count was even less transparent and worrisome than their handling of election day.
The EU said the lack of access granted to their observation mission didn’t allow them to have adequate conditions to clearly verify and document the final vote-counting process. The EU also deplored the fact that the CSE failed to publish a detailed vote tally from all the voting stations, preventing the parties from auditing the elections.
The EU also questioned the CSE’s arbitrary decision to rush the final results on Nov. 11, when the electoral calendar calls for the parties to be notified on Nov. 22. The CSE’s rush job and obstruction of information prevented the opposition parties from preparing an adequate challenge to the results, the EU laments.
“The opacity and arbitrariness observed during the final phase of the 2011 elections, together with the problems of accrediting poll watchers and the denial of local election observers indicates a serious backwards slide in the quality of democracy in Nicaraguan elections,” the EU said.