At the invitation of the Government of Nicaragua, the European Union established a mission to observe the presidential and parliamentary elections there on 5 November 2006.
Claudio Fava, member of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer. A delegation from the European Parliament, led by Emilio Menendez del Valle MEP, including six other MEPs, joined the EOM over the election period.
They were considered to be the most important elections held in Nicaragua since 1990, due to the emergence of political forces which provided the electorate with a wider choice. This represented a significant and welcome development in the democratic evolution of the country.
The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.