Regional Elections in the RAAN and RAAS: March 7, 2010

This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens to the possibility of violence in connection with regional elections to be held on Sunday, March 7, in Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) and the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS). These elections will determine membership on the regional councils of the RAAN and the RAAS.

Protests and demonstrations are likely before and after the elections, particularly at or near municipal buildings. We remind U.S. citizens that even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to exercise caution if visiting Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast and to avoid large gatherings and demonstrations. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website (http://nicaragua.usembassy.gov) and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website www.travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review to "A Safe Trip Abroad," found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html , which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua. The Embassy can be reached 24/7 at 011-505-2252-7100. For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens should call this phone number, or 011-505-8886-1495, and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer. The Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit may also be reached by email at: ACS.Managua@state.gov.

General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7888. The Embassy offers non-emergency services to U.S. citizens Monday through Friday, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, except on Nicaraguan and U.S. holidays.

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Things were calm here today, my wife didn't like the frowns on everyones faces at the polls, spoke her peace to reporters but voted....

Now it looks like YATAMA won.......