At the invitation of the Government of Nicaragua, the European Union established a mission to observe the legislative and presidential elections there on 6 November 2011.
Luis Yáñez, Member of Parliament, was Chief Observer. The EOM noted that significant groups of domestic observers were not accredited ahead of the elections. Violent clashes and loss of life occurred after the elections.
The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.