Nicaraguan general election, 2016

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Nicaraguan presidential election, 2016

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Candidate Daniel Ortega Maximino Rodríguez
Running mate Rosario Murillo Martha McCoy
Popular vote 1,806,651 374,898
Percentage 72.44% 15.03%

President before election

Daniel Ortega


Daniel Ortega

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General elections were held in Nicaragua on 6 November 2016 to elect the President, the National Assembly and members of the Central American Parliament.[1] Incumbent President Daniel Ortega was re-elected for a third consecutive term amid charges he and the Sandinista Party used their control of state resources to bypass constitutional term limits and hamstring political rivals. The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) candidate benefited from strong economic growth in Nicaragua in recent years, largely without the high levels of crime suffered by its Central American neighbours.[2]


Four months before the elections, the Nicaraguan Supreme Court removed the disputed Independent Liberal Party (PLI) leader Eduardo Montealegre from office, decreeing that Pedro Reyes was the leader of the PLI. After 16 deputies from the PLI and its Sandinista Renovation Movement ally objected, the Supreme Electoral Council ordered them removed from the National Assembly and empowered Reyes to select their replacements.[3][4][5][6]

Electoral system[edit]

The President of Nicaragua was elected using first-past-the-post voting system.[7]

The 90 elected members of the National Assembly were elected by two methods; 20 members were elected from a single nationwide constituency, whilst 70 members were elected from 17 multi-member constituencies ranging in size from 2 to 19 seats. Both types of election were carried out using closed list proportional representation with no electoral threshold.[8] A further two seats were reserved for the runner-up in the presidential election and the outgoing president (or their vice president).[9]

Lists of candidates to the National Assembly and to the Central American Parliament had to be composed of 50% male and 50% female candidates.[10]


In June 2016 President Daniel Ortega announced international observers would not be allowed to oversee the general elections. The Carter Center termed this "an attack on the international community... We...lament this decision to ignore a key portion of Nicaragua's own electoral law."[11] However, less than two weeks before the elections, the Organization of American States accepted an invitation to send a delegation "to meet with experts and state bodies involved in the electoral process" from 5–7 November.[12][13]



Candidate Party Votes %
Daniel Ortega Sandinista National Liberation Front 1,806,651 72.44
Maximino Rodríguez Constitutionalist Liberal Party 374,898 15.03
José Alvarado Independent Liberal Party 112,562 4.51
Saturnino Cerrato Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance 107,392 4.31
Erick Cabezas Conservative Party 57,437 2.30
Carlos Canales Alliance for the Republic 35,002 1.40
Invalid/blank votes
Total 2,493,942 100
Registered voters/turnout
Source: CSE

National Assembly[edit]

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Party National Constituency Total
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Sandinista National Liberation Front 1,590,316 65.86 14 1,608,395 66.46 56 70 +7
Constitutionalist Liberal Party 369,342 15.30 3 375,432 15.51 10 13 +11
Independent Liberal Party 162,043 6.71 1 117,626 4.86 1 2 –25
Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance 137,541 5.70 1 137,078 5.66 1 2 +2
Conservative Party 106,027 4.39 1 110,568 4.57 0 1 +1
Alliance for the Republic 49,329 2.04 0 70,939 2.93 1 1 +1
YATAMA 30,901 1.28 1 1 –1
Special members[a] 2 0
Invalid/blank votes
Total 2,414,598 100 20 2,450,939 100 70 92 0
Registered voters/turnout
Source: CSE[permanent dead link], El 19 Digital
  1. ^ The runner-up in the presidential election (Maximino Rodríguez of the Constitutionalist Liberal Party) and the outgoing president are special members of the National Assembly; as Ortega was re-elected, outgoing Vice President Omar Halleslevens of the FSLN, who was not Ortega's running mate in these elections (having been replaced by Rosario Murillo), will take up his seat.

List of elected deputies[edit]

Name Party Constituency
Adilia del Pilar Salinas Ortega PLC Chontales
Alba Estela González Torrez FSLN National
Alejandro Mejía Ferreti ALN National
Alfredo César Aguirre PC National
Alveris Beldramina Arias Siezar FSLN Managua
Ángela Espinoza Torrez FSLN Madriz
Antenor Enrique Urbina Leyva FSLN Costa Caribe Norte
Argentina del Socorro Parajón Alejos FSLN León
Arling Patricia Alonso Gómez FSLN Chinandega
Arturo José Valdez Robleto FSLN Costa Caribe Sur
Bayardo Antonio Chávez Mendoza FSLN Chinandega
Benita del Carmen Arbizú Medina FSLN León
Brooklyn Rivera Bryan YATAMA Costa Caribe Norte
Byron Rodolfo Jérez Solís APRE Managua
Carlos Alberto Jirón Bolaños PLC León
Carlos Emilio López Hurtado FSLN Managua
Carlos Wilfredo Navarro Moreira FSLN National
Corina González García FSLN Chontales
Delia María Law Blanco FSLN Granada
Dora Elena Rojas FSLN Chinandega
Douglas Alemán Benavídez FSLN Chontales
Edwin Ramón Castro Rivera FSLN Managua
Efrén José González Briones FSLN Madriz
Enrique Aldana Burgos FSLN Matagalpa
Enrique Javier Beteta Acevedo FSLN National
Evelin Patricia Aburto Torres FSLN Masaya
Félix Andrés Sandoval Jarquín FSLN Chinandega
Filiberto Jacinto Rodríguez López FSLN León
Florence Ivette Levy Wilson FSLN National
Giorgia Hilaria Juárez Cruz FSLN Chinandega
Gladis de los Ángeles Báez FSLN León
Gloria del Rosario Montenegro FSLN Jinotega
Guillermo Eduardo Arce Castaño FSLN Managua
Gustavo Eduardo Porras Cortés FSLN National
Haydée Azucena Castillo Barquero PLC National
Herberto Octavio Ruiz Morales FSLN Granada
Iris Marina Montenegro Blandón FSLN Managua
Irma de Jesús Dávila Lazo FSLN Matagalpa
Jacinto José Suárez Espinoza FSLN Managua
Jenny Azucena Martínez Gómez FSLN Masaya
Jimmy Harold Blandón Rubio PLC Managua
Johanna del Carmen Luna Lira FSLN Managua
José Antonio Zepeda López FSLN National
José Ramón Sarría Morales FSLN León
José Santos Figueroa Aguilar FSLN Managua
Josefina Roa Romero FSLN Carazo
Juana de los Ángeles Molina FSLN National
Juana Vicenta Argeñal Sandoval FSLN National
Juan Ramón Jiménez FSLN Carazo
Juan Ramón Meza Romero FSLN Jinotega
Juan Ramón Obregón Valdivia FSLN Jinotega
Justo Armando Peña Avilés FSLN Rivas
Laura Estela Bermúdez Robleto FSLN National
Lester Adrián Villarreal Pérez PLC Masaya
Loria Raquel Dixon Brautigam FSLN Costa Caribe Norte
Lucina Leonor Paz Rodríguez FSLN Boaco
Luis Coronel Cuadra FSLN Río San Juan
María Augustina Montenegro López FSLN Matagalpa
María Auxiliadora Martínez Corrales FSLN Granada
María Fernanda Ernestina Flores Lanza PLC Managua
María Haydée Osuna Ruiz PLC National
María Jilma Rosalez Espinoza FSLN Estelí
María Manuela Sacasa Selva FSLN National
Mario José Asensio Florez PLI Managua
Mario Valle Dávila FSLN Managua
Maritza del Socorro Espinales FSLN Managua
Maryinis Ibet Vallejoz Chavarría FSLN Rivas
Mauricio Orúe Vásquez ALN Managua
Maximino Rodríguez Martínez[a] PLC
Melba del Socorro Sánchez Suárez FSLN Managua
Melvin Martín Argucia Perrott FSLN Nueva Segovia
Miguel Anselmo Rosales Ortega PLC National
Mirta Mercedes Carrión Cano PLC Chinandega
Moisés Omar Halleslevens Acevedo[a] FSLN
Nasser Sebastián Silwany Báez FSLN Masaya
Odell Ángel Incer Barquero FSLN Boaco
Osorno Salomón Coleman FSLN National
Patricia Mercedes Sánchez Urbina FSLN Managua
Paul Antonio González Tenorio PLC Costa Caribe Sur
Pedro Antonio Haslam Mendoza FSLN National
Pedro Joaquín Treminio Mendoza PLI National
Perla Soledad Castillo Quintero FSLN Estelí
Reyna Juanita Rueda Alvarado FSLN National
Reynaldo Altamirano Alaniz PLC Matagalpa
Rosa Adelina Barahona Castro FSLN Matagalpa
Rosa Argentina Navarro Sánchez PLC Managua
Rosa Herminia Irias Figueroa FSLN Nueva Segovia
Rubén de Jesús Gómez Suárez FSLN Matagalpa
Santiago José Martínez Lacayo FSLN Carazo
Víctor Octavio Triminio Zavala FSLN Estelí
Walmaro Antonio Gutiérrez Mercado FSLN National
Walter Edén Espinoza Fernández PLC Managua
Source: PGR [1]
  1. ^ a b The runner-up in the presidential election (Maximino Rodríguez of the Constitutionalist Liberal Party) and the outgoing president are special members of the National Assembly; as Ortega was re-elected, outgoing Vice President Omar Halleslevens of the FSLN, who was not Ortega's running mate in these elections (having been replaced by Rosario Murillo), will take up his seat.

Central American Parliament[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Sandinista National Liberation Front 1,673,627 68.44 15 +2
Constitutionalist Liberal Party 346,855 14.19 3 +2
Independent Liberal Party 139,618 5.71 0 –6
Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance 134,858 5.52 1 +1
Conservative Party 106,350 4.35 0
Alliance for the Republic 43,905 1.8 1 +1
Invalid/blank votes
Total 2,445,213 100 20 0
Registered voters/turnout
Source: CSE, El 19 Digital


  1. ^ Nicaragua general election, 2016 NDI
  2. ^ "Nicaragua president re-elected in landslide amid claims of rigged vote". The Guardian. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  3. ^ CSJ resuelve extenso conflicto del PLI Nuevo Diario, 9 June 2016
  4. ^ ¿Quién es Pedro Reyes? La Prensa, 9 June 2016
  5. ^ Asamblea ejecuta destitución de diputados Nuevo Diario, 30 July 2016
  6. ^ "Nicaragua electoral authority unseats opposition lawmakers". AP. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Constitution of Nicaragua, Article 146. "Ley de Reforma Parcial a la Constitución Política de la República de Nicaragua" (in Spanish). National Assembly. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Electoral system IPU
  9. ^ Last elections IPU
  10. ^ Constitution of Nicaragua, Article 131. "Ley de Reforma Parcial a la Constitución Política de la República de Nicaragua" (in Spanish). National Assembly. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Statement on Daniel Ortega's Decision Not to Invite International Observers to Nicaragua Elections". Carter Center. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Nicaragua to accept OAS election observers". AP. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "OAS Observer in Nicaragua, the Bishops call for authentic dialogue". Agenzia Fides. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.