Nicaragua

No change expected in Nicaraguan general election


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Nicaragua is voting today to elect a President, the 90 elected members of the Nicaraguan National Assembly (parliament) and 20 members of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN). If a candidate fails to receive more than 45% of the vote in the presidential election then a second round runoff will be held. In the National Assembly election 20 members are elected from a single nationwide constituency and the remaining 70 members are elected from 17 multi-member constituencies.

In the 2011 general election Daniel Ortega of the left-wing Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) won with 62.46% of the vote whilst his party took 63 of the 92 seats in parliament. The centre-right Independent Liberal Party (PLI) won 27 seats whilst the remaining two seats were won by the right-wing Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC).

In this election the most recent opinion poll by M&R Consultants gives Ortega and the FSLN 69.8% of the vote with his main rival Maximino Rodriguez of the Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC) on 8.1% according to Reuters.

There are six presidential candidates standing, each with a vice-presidential running mate. The presidential candidates are:

Maximino Rodriguez; Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC)

Pedro Reyes Vallejos; Independent Liberal Party (PLI)

Carlos Canales; Alliance for the Republic

Erick Cabezas; Conservative Party

Saturnino Cerrato Hodgson; Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance

Daniel Ortega; Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN)

There are 3,550,340 million eligible voters voting at 4,308 polling centres nationwide between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time.

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