MANAGUA – Voters are heading to the polls on Sunday for the local elections in Nicaragua, where mayoral and other posts are up for grabs in the Central American country’s 153 municipalities.
The governing Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) is expected to win the majority of the mayoralties.
In 2012, when municipal elections were last held, the FSLN won 134 of the 153 mayoralties.
The opposition, which is weak and divided, has expressed a lack of confidence in the election system, warning that President Daniel Ortega’s administration could resort to “fraud” to win.
Opposition leaders accused the elections commission of tampering with the results of the 2008 and 2012 local elections, and the 2011 and 2016 presidential elections to help the FSLN.
An Organization of American States (OAS) election observer team led by Uruguayan Wilfredo Penco is in Nicaragua.
The polls opened at 7:00 am and are scheduled to remain open until 6:00 pm.
Initial election results are expected to be released on Sunday night.