Pronouncement of the Nicaraguan Association of Creole Ethnicity
1.- That the
magistrate-president of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) Roberto Rivas
with plenary knowledge, as of May 4 of the current year, has caused a
“Governance Crisis” situation in both Autonomous Regions of the
Nicaraguan Caribbean coast which affects all the inhabitants of these
2.- That the problems
in the North Autonomous Atlantic Region (RAAN) were initiated on May 4 in
Bilwi after the accreditation of the regional council members by the
plenary of the Supreme Electoral Council. The crisis began with the
unprincipled decision of magistrate Roberto Rivas to suspend the election
session of the Directive Board of the regional council initiated by
himself, using arguments which violate the edict prescribe in Article 26
of the Law of Autonomy Costeña.
3.- That the crisis begun by
magistrate Roberto Rivas in the RAAN in turn initiated an internal crisis
within the Supreme Electoral Council which after leaving Bilwi arrived in
Bluefields without the capacity to convene a quorum, therefore; lacking
the legal faculties to certify the elected council members in the South
Autonomous Atlantic Region (RAAS) which is mandated in Article 39 of the
Law of Autonomy Costeña, and for this reason; none of the elected council
members in the RAAS are legally certified.
4.- That the deputies of the
Autonomous Regions, who by right are members of the regional council, are
the ones certified in the national assembly (congress) and not the
substitutes; and that the spirit of the Article 20 of the Law of Autonomy
Costeña, which establishes such disposition, is that the deputies who
represent the Autonomous Regions in the national assembly are totally
aware of the occurrences through active participation with voice and vote
in their respective regional council.
5.- That Mr. Roberto Rivas,
aside from being the principal instigator of the “Governance Crisis”
in both Autonomous Regions, is an accomplice of serious anomalies in the
RAAS manifested in the usurpation of the Coordinator’s (governor’s)
position by a substitute deputy who at no time has been legally certified
to occupy any position in the regional council,
and in the election of a totalitarian and exclusive directive board
by the council members who have not been legally certified.
6.- That the handling,
disrespect, violations of the spirit and letter the Law of Autonomy
and other regent laws by Mr. Roberto Rivas have been flagrant, shameless,
and have placed the Autonomous Regions in an unnecessary crisis.
1.- To denounce before the
coast people, national opinion, and the international community the
impudence with which Roberto Rivas is handling the Law of Autonomy Costeña
on behalf the political and economic interests of Arnoldo Alemán who have
demonstrated his will to uphold hegemony by any means in the regional
councils, and also, in the national assembly to counter balance and
challenge the president of the republic, Enrique Bolaños.
2.- To denounce before the
coast people, national opinion, and the international community so that
others may join us to demand the resignation of Roberto Rivas from the
Supreme Electoral Council for the illicit acts he has spearheaded and for
creating the “Governance crisis” in the Autonomous Regions.
Bluefields, May 17, 2002.
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