(posted Oct. 3, 4:45 p.m.)- In response to an invitation from the Sandinista government, the Organization of American States (OAS) will send an Electoral Accompaniment Mission (EAM) to Nicaragua to observe next month’s municipal elections, the hemispheric body announced today in a press release.
OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza appointed Mexican Lázaro Cárdenas as head of the OAS electoral observation team in Nicaragua.
“Cárdenas has ample experience, as the former Governor of the Mexican state of Michoacán, as well as being a former Senator, and a former Federal Deputy,” the OAS release reads.
Previous to the elections, Cárdenas will visit Nicaragua to hold various interviews and meetings with electoral, political, and governmental authorities, as well as representatives of national and international community representatives.
“The purpose of the OAS/EAM is to support the development of the municipal elections and the various technical aspects of the electoral process, within the framework of the Constitution and the electoral law of the country,” the OAS says.”The OAS/EAM will follow up on complaints, uncertainties, or concerns that may arise during the election process and will forward them to the appropriate authorities for processing.”
Following last year’s presidential elections, the OAS raised concerns about various “anomalies” and “difficulties” encountered by the observation team on Election Day. OAS mission director Dante Caputo said Nicaragua’s entire electoral system has “structural failings” that “need to be revised urgently.”