The Organization of American States condemned the new formation of the National Electoral Council of the Venezuelan dictatorship

Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (EFE / Luis Eduardo Noriega A.)

The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday condemned the formation of a new national electoral council in Venezuela by the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. The agency clarified in a statement that the appointments made by the “Illegal National Assembly”, “It is incompatible with the rule of law, democracy and the independence of the political powers of the state.”

The Organization of American States indicated that the Organization’s Permanent Council rejected the “fraudulent elections” organized by the Maduro dictatorship on December 9, 2020, “because they were not free or fair according to the conditions stipulated in international law, due to their lack of impartiality and transparency due to the lack of participation of all political actors.” And citizens, because of the failure to release political prisoners, due to the lack of independence of the electoral authority, and the lack of independent and credible international electoral monitoring.

The illegality of origin renders its actions and decisions null and void, as well as any legislation approved. Highlights The text was published on Tuesday, hours after the Chavista Parliament appointed the presidents of the five mayors who will make up the National Electoral Council for the next seven years.

After a process that lasted more than a month, during which 103 candidates were presented, the deputies voted in favor of a proposal from the committee, which emerged from the five-year formed by Chavista. Alexis Corridor Perez, Tania D’Amilio, Pedro CalzadillaAnd opponents Enrique Marquez and Roberto Bacon.

Organization of American States statement
Organization of American States statement

The new mayors, to assume these positions, must not be members of the political organizations, as stipulated in the constitution. However, D’Amelio, for example, is known for having held the CNE rector for eleven years since 2009 and for showing an affinity for Chavismo. What’s more, He was a member of the Socialist United Party of Venezuela (PSUV) when he left office.

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Meanwhile, Corridor Perez was a member of the questionable National Constituent Assembly that was elected in 2017 and dissolved at the end of last year without drafting a new constitution, as promised.

Calzadilla, for his part, was Minister of University Education in the Maduro system in 2014.

The new mayors were sworn in this afternoon, according to Chavista Jorge Rodriguez, the speaker of parliament.

Interim President Juan Guaidó emphasized that “the imposition of an electoral ruling” could “drag Venezuela into an even greater disaster.” “The consequences of wanting to impose an electoral ruling will be the same in 2018 and 2020: drag Venezuela into an even greater disaster”He said on his Twitter account, referring to the presidential and legislative elections that took place in those years.

He also noted that the main opposition parties are “united and resolute on a clear path: free, fair and verifiable elections.” “Only agreement, with due international accompaniment, in favor of getting out of this tragedy and holding free and fair elections to confront the humanitarian emergency and achieve justice, is the real solution, accompanied by Parliament and the democratic alternative,” he concluded.

The statement of the parties, united in the unified program, requests not to impose a “one-sided” electoral ruling: “The National Electoral Council must be agreed upon, as well as the rest of the electoral conditions, so that we can all hold free, fair and competitive elections.”

The National Electoral Council responds to the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro (EFE / Miguel Gutiérrez)
The National Electoral Council responds to the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro (EFE / Miguel Gutiérrez)

The opposition renewed its “full commitment, with the support of the international community, to progress in a large comprehensive agreement that provides the solutions our people need, and to return to democracy and has the necessary guarantees to make it sustainable over time.”

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And they stressed that “any partial negotiations that do not address the basic problems, and are conducted from behind and without the participation of the vast majority of legitimate democratic interests, will be able to reach the necessary agreement to solve the country.”

On the contrary, they consider it Partial negotiations respond to Maduro’s strategy of trying to issue invoices among the Democrats and the international community.

“For this reason, we urge the people of Venezuela, and all the political and social factors in the country and the entire international community to support explicitly and effectively to build a national agreement with international support that allows the achievement of all electoral conditions,” they add.

This agreement should also go ahead with the election schedule, humanitarian access, and “freedom for all political prisoners,” among other things.

With information from EFE

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