TODAY NICARAGUA – Most of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who intend to contest power with Daniel Ortega and his wife and co-governor, Rosario Murillo, are new faces, without political experience or less prominent figures in the public sphere.
Most recognize that they need a miracle to win these elections, but argue that it is a right to participate and stand as candidates.
The following are the presidential formulas presented this Monday, August 2, 2021 – in order of arrival – before the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE). However, the official publication will not be until August 18, according to the electoral calendar after the correction period, resignations, replacement of candidates and challenges.
Alianza Ciudadanos por la Libertad
Oscar Sobalvarro and Berenice Quezada are the candidates for president and vice president of the Alianza Ciudadanos por la Libertad (Alianza CxL), respectively. He is a former member of the Nicaraguan Resistance (Contra), a native of Santa María de Pantasma, a municipality in the department of Jinotega.
Of the candidates who intend to challenge Ortega for power in November, he is the one with the most experience in politics. He was in charge of the negotiation for the disarmament of the Counterrevolution in the nineties; he is the founder of the CxL party and its vice president.
While Quezada was Miss Nicaragua in 2017. She has a degree in tourism and hotel management and is originally from El Rama, the Autonomous Region of the South Caribbean Coast (RACCS).
Gerson Gutiérrez Gasparín and Claudia Romero are the candidates for president and vice president of the Alianza por la República (Apre) party, respectively. Gutiérrez, 29, is a lawyer, originally from Terrabona, a municipality in the department of Matagalpa, little known in the political field. While Romero was a candidate for deputy of the Conservative Party (PC) in the 2016 national elections.
Marcelo Montiel and Jennifer Espinoza are the candidates for president and vice president of the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance (ALN) party, respectively. Montiel is a lawyer and notary public. Espinoza did not elaborate on her.
are the candidates for president and vice president of the Independent Liberal Party (PLI), respectively. Orue is an ALN deputy for the Managua constituency, but now he has gone over to the PLI to be a presidential candidate. Rodríguez is originally from La Cruz del Río Grande and is a member of the PLI.
Milton Arcia and María Dolores Moncada are the candidates for president and vice president of the Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC), respectively. Arcia is a politician and businessman from Ometepe Island, where he is from. Moncada has a degree in law and international relations, coming from a family with a liberal tradition.
Guillermo Osorno and Violeta Martínez de Moncada are the candidates for president and vice president of the Nicaraguan Christian Way (CCN) party, respectively. Osorno is an evangelical pastor and president of CCN, while little is known about Martínez de Moncada.
As expected, Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo, are the candidates for reelection as president and vice president of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party. Ortega has been the only presidential candidate that the FSLN has presented since the 1984 elections. While Rosario Murillo is the current vice president of the country and she presented her candidacy for reelection for the first time.
Not on the elections roster
Seven candidates were deprived of participating in the elections, and who are currently among the 31 political prisoners of the last 67 days.
They are: Cristiana Chamorro, Félix Maradiaga, Arturo Cruz, Medardo Mairena, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, Miguel Mora and Noel Vidaurre, who are kept under arrest by the Ortega Murillo regime, losing the opportunity to register for the November 7 elections.