Diosdado Cabello questioned international observers who will take part in Tuesday’s regional elections Which will be held in Venezuela on November 21.
Chavismo’s second-in-command and first vice president of the Socialist United Party of Venezuela (PSUV) also issued a stern warning to the international missions: “No one will just send us.”
Now comes some observers who have not wanted to come for years, and today they are here, but these people are in Venezuela. They have to leave convinced that the people who make the president are, we are the people of peace.”added.
During a political act, Cabello confirmed that the Chavista regime was ready to win the elections and Defend the revolution.
Among the international observers, the European Union stands out, which accepted the invitation of the Venezuelan authorities and sent a mission to monitor the election campaign and the upcoming elections. The European Union, which did not recognize legislative elections last year, has not participated in the Venezuelan electoral process since 2006.
European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) It will conduct an independent technical assessment of the entire electoral process and make recommendations for future elections.
The EU Delegation to the EU Delegation last week deployed 44 of its members to different states of the country, under the supervision of the Chief of Operation, MEP Isabel Santos.
In a statement to the media, after meeting with the National Electoral Council (CNE), Santos clarified that a “core team” of 11 people is also present in Venezuela, and that at a later time, another 34 observers will join, as well as a delegation of 12 parliamentarians, “some” diplomats And many observers to be appointed in the country.
“We hope to reach November 21 with 100 observers or more, which means a great task compared to the number of previous missions in Venezuela and other countries,” he added., Detailed Portuguese MEP.
Santos explained that the mission will monitor “the entire electoral process”, from the campaign to the “moment of voting” and the subsequent recount, as well as “if there is a claim” in the following days.
A summary of what was observed will be reflected in the preliminary report to be submitted by the EU delegation to the EU Delegation on November 23, with “all conclusions” reached up to that point.
The final report will arrive in about two monthsDuring this period, all the contributions of the observers will be evaluated in depth and in detail, which will serve to determine whether it is necessary to suggest some corrections and recommendations for future elections.
The mission will be in 22 of the 23 states, in addition to Caracas. Amazonas will be the only area where a team of short-term observers will only go in the days leading up to the vote, due to logistical and security conditions.
The US government indicated weeks ago that the EU mission is useful, but stressed that it must have a broad perspective beyond voting day to take into account other factors that alter the process.
Brian NicholsThe Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs commented at a press conference: “We have to look at all the elements that make up the electoral process. Although I think it is useful for the EU to send a delegation to monitor what is happening, they should analyze the events from a broader perspective.” .
Despite the presence of international observers, the opposition continues to demand compliance with democratic standards after the recent electoral fraud perpetrated by Maduro’s dictatorship. The NGO Súmate on Monday urged the National Electoral Council (CNE) to fulfill its role as an arbiter ensuring compliance with the constitution and laws during the media campaign, with fair distribution of publicity and information time to candidates.
Súmate’s application was submitted after the head of the CNE, Pedro CalzadelaIt admitted the “imbalances” in the exposure of candidates and party propaganda broadcast by television channels, and stressed that it drew the attention of officials.
Faced with this situation, Sumit reminded of the duty to comply with Article 81 of the Basic Law on Electoral Operations, which states that the media must provide balanced and “without distorting reality” coverage of the campaign.