The constitution of 1 Nov. 1950 vests the legislative power in a Congress of 2 Houses consisting of 42 deputies elected for 6 years, and 16 senators (plus ex-presidents of the republic, who are appointed for life) elected for 6 years, all by popular statewide vote. The President is elected for 6 years. Voters are males over 18 years of age who can read and write and all other males over 21. The constitution grants citizenship to women over 18 years of age who can read and write, but leaves the granting of the franchise to the decision of the legislature. Nicaragua uses the Australian ballot (i.e., not ballots printed by the political parties).
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- Statistical Information. Each of the statistical offices set up in 1835, 1861 and 1905 functioned only for a few years. The present Dirección General de Estadística y Censos (Managua, D.N.) was set up in 1931 as part of the Ministerio de Economia. Director General: Dr Adolfo Lola Blen. It publishes the Anuario Estadístico and various bulletins; see A. Lola Blen, Actividades Estadísticas en Nicaragua (1954).Google Scholar
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