817.00 Woodward Electoral Mission/24: Telegram

The Chargé in Nicaragua (Beaulac) to the Secretary of State

6. From Admiral Woodward.

“Was received by President Moncada on Sunday,33 day of my arrival, and during call he personally assured me of his full cooperation during coming presidential elections. Subsequently have exchanged visits with principal leaders of Liberal and Conservative parties with apparently very satisfactory reaction. Reception given my honor by President yesterday was attended by large number including Conservative leaders.

Conferred yesterday with Mr. Beaulac, Brigade Commander and director of the Guardia Nacional regarding question of security during electoral period (about 5 months beginning June) and came to unanimous decision to recommend minimum increase of 1800 marines over and above those already here and the 150 to be furnished by special service squadron. Should Guardia Nacional be increased, however, amount of such increase may be deducted from the 1800 mentioned.

Have this date received notification from Supreme Court of Justice that I have been appointed President of the National Board of Elections vice Dr. Aguado, resigned, such resignation to be effective upon my assuming office on return to Nicaragua.

Am departing tomorrow morning for Panama on marine transport plane. Will forward detailed report of activities since leaving Washington by air mail prior to departure from Panama on 14th.”

  1. January 10.