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Having previously observed an electoral fraud in 2008 for the municipal election in Nicaragua, I find the enforcement and interpretation of the laws a very serious problem for the well-being of democracy in Nicaragua. The future of the institution is grim. Not only in the CSE policy and procedures are sorely lacking, but also in other institutions such as the Asamblea Nacional and the Corte Suprema de Justicia. Laws, policies and procedures in the world of Daniel Ortega are interpreted loosely depending on the political affiliation. The laws are used to bend the will of the people, whom are searching for the rule of law. What we can do as an international community when there is to teeth to bring Ortega into compliance to follow the rule of law. It’s no wonder that civil society and the international community alike are getting frustrated or leaving Nicaragua because of the abuse of the laws by Ortega’s government. Fraud, corruption, nepotism/favoritism, and the manipulating of the electoral results are beyond any proof. These are just some of the issues plaguing Nicaragua that we face in the international community. There is a trend in the political power: current presidents are bending the law to extend their period in power. This deeply hurts democracy, in addition to creating low self-esteem in the community. Ortega and Chavez are sending a clear message to the masses, they are either with them or against them. Passive aggressive repression is the rule; do we have to accept the fraud? How do we move forward?
As I see it, the problem isn’t that people aren’t cognizant of what is happening. They simply don’t want to become targets of retaliation and lose their jobs. FEAR is a great motivator in silencing the non-traditional opposition. To whom we go to when even the opposition has turned a blind eye? In addition, all the institutions in Nicaragua forbade you to communicate with them citing the laws. I understand that the Magistrates are simply public servants. Who do we contact when the institutions, opposition and political parties, don’t have the willingness to address these issues? Is violence the only option that we have?
I suggest that the international community sends a clear message. These next few months are bound to be difficult with frauds and manipulation of laws throughout Latin America. Democracy in these countries is especially difficult. For example, how can you justify having a congress controlled by one political party due to fraudulent election? How can the international community not have a clue as to what goes on?
Developed countries such as the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and the European Union make a big deal about making sure the democracy functions and the states are adherent to the laws. Electoral fraud doesn’t interfere with their business. These same countries that are in the ALBA are quick to repress and confine the real opposition, yet they are doing business as usual with the above countries. That is a double standard, by excluding these countries from the rules they expect us all to follow. Where is the leadership in that? When do you make the rules make sure you are willing to follow them yourself? Stop doing business with these governments that are corrupted.

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