Thousands of Nicaraguans marched in their capital on Thursday to protest President Daniel Ortegas re-election last month, calling it an "electoral farce."

Wearing the blue and white colors of the national flag, the demonstrators headed to the hotel where the visiting secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, was staying, close to the Supreme Electoral Council's (CSE) headquarters.

"Democracy yes, dictatorship no!" the protesters yelled, watched by a large number of riot police. No violent incidents were seen.

The protest was organized by opposition groups sidelined by the CSE or courts in the run-up to the November 6 legislative and presidential elections.

Some of the demonstrators were also opposing a government plan to build a cross-country canal to rival Panama's, which would remove many rural dwellers from their land.

A 71-year-old former guerrilla, Ortega handily won a third-straight term with 72.5 percent of the vote. His running mate was his wife, Rosario Murillo, who will become vice president when his new mandate begins next month.