MANAGUA.— With 21.3% of the polling stations reporting, Nicaragua's Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) announced that Daniel Ortega, candidate of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) had received 71.3% of the vote.
Yesterday evening, November 6, CSE president Roberto Rivas additionally reported a voter turn-out of 65.3%, while noting that no disruptive incidents of any kind occurred. He indicated that 96.2 % of the ballots were valid.
After casting his ballot, FSLN candidate Daniel Ortega spoke to the press, saying, "This vote is for peace, for stability, and the security of Nicaraguan families."
The President added that the vote was historic, the first to elect 50% men and 50% women as deputies, an accomplishment, he said, "worthy of the land of the patriot Augusto César Sandino."
The University Electoral Observatory (OEU) called on all candidates and their supporters to respect the results, to maintain the peace which reigned during the vote.
According to the OEU report, based on the deployment of 5,000 university students across the nation, all steps outlined in Nicaragua's electoral law were followed at the country's 14,581 polling stations.