The opposition candidate in Sunday’s presidential poll in Nicaragua has rejected the victory of the incumbent President, Daniel Ortega. Fabio Gadea said he could not accept the results presented by the electoral council because “they did not reflect the people’s wishes”.
With 85.8% of the ballots counted, the electoral authorities announced that Daniel Ortega had won with 62.65% of the votes. They said Mr Gadea got 31% of the vote. After announcing the latest figures, president of the Electoral Council Roberto Rivas congratulated Daniel Ortega, because “the trends shown by the results could not be reversed”.
Mr Gadea of the Liberal Independent Party (PLI) said he had “well-founded suspicions that a fraud of an unprecedented nature and proportions” had taken place. PLI representatives said their parallel counting suggested an even race “before taking into account the rural vote”, where they believe Mr Gadea will perform well.
Several independent electoral observers who were not accredited by the Nicaraguan authorities pointed to reports of fraud.