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Cablegate: Nicaraguan Elections: Request for Observers

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TAGS: APER PGOV KDEM NU
SUBJECT: NICARAGUAN ELECTIONS: REQUEST FOR OBSERVERS


1. Embassy Managua is coordinating a USG electoral
observation mission (EOM) for the Nicaraguan national
elections on November 5, 2006. Post is planning to field
observation teams in Managua and several other Nicaraguan
departments and regions. We would like to invite up to 10
officers from the Department, USAID, NSC and other posts to
join the EOM.

2. Officers considering volunteering for the EOM should take
into account the following points:

- All volunteers must speak and understand Spanish at the 3
level or above.

- Volunteers must plan to arrive no later than Thursday,
November 2 and depart no earlier than Tuesday, November 7. A
training session will be held on Friday, November 3.

- Funding for travel and per diem must be provided by host
agency/office and should be sufficient to cover hotel and
in-country transportation. (Note: Hotels will be booked well
in advance of the elections. To ensure accommodations during
this period, post will need to reserve rooms by mid-August.
End Note.)

- Volunteers must make a firm commitment by August 11 so that
post has time to complete accreditation.

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- TDY volunteers will be paired with post personnel and a
local guide.

3. Many Nicaraguans compare the upcoming elections with the
groundbreaking 1990 elections that ended Nicaragua's civil
war. These elections promise to be a historic confrontation
between the entrenched forces of caudillismo and new
politicians determined to strengthen democracy.

4. Volunteers should contact Deputy Political Counselor
Timothy L. Smith at 505-266-6010 x4481/SmithTL1@state.gov or
USAID Elections Officer Danika Walters at 505-267-0502
x245/dwalters@usaid.gov no later than August 11.
BRENNAN

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