Nicaragua Appointment of Supreme Electoral Council Authority

Nicaragua Appointment of Supreme Electoral Council Authority

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In Nicaragua's 2016 election, the national-level Supreme Electoral Council had the ability to place auxiliary personnel as members of municipal-level electoral councils directly. As this graph shows, in municipalities where such authorities were placed, they were largely men, with observers in 37% of the municipalities reporting that male authorities were put in place, whereas only 19% reported that women authorities were placed in the municipality. The remaining 44% of observers reported that no authority was placed in that municipality.

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