[News] International observers ratify transparency, legitimacy of Venezuelan vote
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Published: Monday, December 05, 2005
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International observers ratify transparency, legitimacy of Venezuelan vote
Venezuelanalysis.com: International observers
from the electoral commissions of El Salvador,
Colombia, Panama, Uruguay, and Nicaragua have
declared their support of the National Assembly vote in Venezuela.
Democracy is constructed by those who
participate, thus the withdrawal
opposition parties does not de-legitimize the
parliamentary elections, said Eugenio Chicas, a
magistrate of the electoral council of El Salvador.
* In the past week, four important opposition
parties publicly declared their boycott of the
December 4 election for the National Assembly,
citing lack of trust in the National Electoral Council.
President Chavez and his supporters, though, say
that their withdrawal is an effort to
de-legitimize the vote in the face of near-certain defeat at the polls.
While the parties that withdrew are among the
countrys largest, the Electoral Council
announced that only 10% of the candidates up for
election had formalized their withdrawal.
According to Chicas, the opposition boycott in
no way de-legitimizes the vote because the
observers believe that there are adequate
technical conditions and is one of the most
audited and certified votes in Latin America.
The magistrate of the electoral council of
Panama, Erasmo Pinilla, said that the withdrawal
of key opposition parties from the National
Assembly election is unheard of in the Latin
American continent, especially after Venezuelas
National Electoral Council conceded to the
oppositions demand not to use the fingerprint scanners.
For Pinilla, though, the removal of the
fingerprint scanner represents a serious step
backwards because it is fundamental for
transparency and guarantees that no one votes more than once.
Pinilla went on to explain that the opposition
party Primero Justicia, which withdrew in the
last minute, despite earlier assurances it would
participate, was largely due to concerns it had
about conflict with the other opposition parties
that had already declared their withdrawal. Also
Primero Justicia does not have sufficient
elections observers to replace the opposition
observers that would no longer participate
because of the other parties withdrawal.
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