Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

Nicaragua Turns out to Vote

Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

Nicaragua Turns out to Vote

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On February 25, 1990, world attention was focused on the elections in Nicaragua. At that time, there were 434 observers from the Organization of American States in the country. The observer group, led by OAS Secretary General Joao Clemente Baena Soares, included special guests and legislators as well as experts in election law from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, United States, and Venezuela.

The OAS has been an observer of the electoral process in Nicaragua since its inception--from the debates and approval of the electoral law, to voter registration, the electoral campaigns and the voting itself. At the request of the two major political forces in the country, the Organization's presence will continue through the transition period until the inauguration of the new government on April 25, 1990.

During the process of voter registration and elections, OAS observers assisted in all nine electoral regions of Nicaragua. Communications among regions and personnel were facilitated by a sophisticated, independent system which permitted the instantaneous transmittal of information. The Organization also installed a high tech computer system for parallel voter tabulation. To move personnel over the rugged terrain, as well as in the cities, all types of vehicles were used: cars, buses, jeeps, bicycles, boats, airplanes, and even mules and horse-drawn carriages. …

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