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OAS and Nicaragua Sign Agreements for Mission to Accompany General Elections

  September 27, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS), the Government of Nicaragua and the Supreme Electoral Council of the Central American country today signed the agreements that define the terms of the Mission of Electoral Accompaniment of the hemispheric Organization that will be present during the Nicaraguan general elections of November 6th.

The Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities and the Agreement on Procedures were signed in Managua during a ceremony with the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza; the Vice Minister of Foreign Relations of Nicaragua, Manuel Coronel Kautz; the President of the Supreme Electoral Council of Nicaragua, Roberto Rivas; and the Director of the OAS Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO), Pablo Gutiérrez.

Secretary General Insulza said the Mission of Accompaniment, to be made up of 80 people, “will do a thorough job in accordance with the electoral authorities,” and added that “the success of the elections of November 6 will be the success of the Government and people of Nicaragua.” He said that “we will accompany the process and we will state what we see, without interfering, and we will share our perspectives with the authorities, but what the world sees depends on the country itself.” The head of the hemispheric organization added that “Nicaraguan people have experienced a positive electoral development, the quality of the processes has been significantly improving in the region, and I am sure that November 6 in this country will be no exception.”

The OAS Secretary General mentioned that the OAS has accompanied since 1990 more than 10 elections in Nicaragua, and said he was certain that “this process, as all prior ones, will take place in a lawful and transparent way, and I am sure that the next general elections will rise above the standards of the past.”

The agreements signed by the authorities from the OAS and Nicaragua are part of the habitual procedures to guarantee that the mission can adequately conduct its work. The OAS will accompany the general elections in Nicaragua after receiving an invitation from the President of the Republic, Daniel Ortega Saavedra, ratified through an official letter from the Minister of Foreign Relations, Samuel Santos.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-858/11