Thursday, September 20th 2012 - 22:15 UTC

Venezuelan electoral process, “one of the most advanced and reliable”

The mission from Unasur (Union of South American Nations) that will be acting as ‘accompanying observer’ in the coming presidential elections in Venezuela, 7 October, and the only organization allowed to fulfil that task, said that the Venezuelan electoral process is one of the “most trustworthy and reliable”.

‘Chacho’ Alvarez says the Venezuelan system is ‘transparent’ and can be audited in different ways

“I know the electoral systems of South America and I can say with full authority that Venezuela has one of the most advanced and reliable electoral systems from the region and the continent”, said Carlos ‘Chacho’ Alvarez head of the Unasur mission on arrival to Caracas to begin the agenda of activities in anticipation of the October 7 event.

Alvarez’ delegation includes electoral experts from Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana and Peru and he insisted on getting off the plane, that the Venezuelan voting system has “great transparency” and can be audited in several different ways.

The delegation is scheduled to meet with the campaign manager of President Hugo Chavez who is seeking his re-election for a third consecutive mandate, and that from the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski.

The former Argentine Vice-president said it would be “very positive” if the Unasur mission could meet with Chavez who allegedly is leading in the opinion polls made public, as well as with Capriles. He also anticipated that the delegation has scheduled meetings with Venezuelan national observers for the coming election.

Alvarez made the statements following a meeting with the president of the National Electoral Council, CNE; Tibisay Lucena and the ambassadors in Caracas of Unasur country members. Unasur will be making its first experience as electoral observer on October 7.

The figure of international “accompanying observer”, which is limited to making recommendations on the elections, was incorporated to the Venezuelan legislation following the presidential election of 2006 and will be used instead of that of “international observer” for the first time in October.

Precisely on the point Alvarez said the mission he heads will not be “controlling or monitoring the election” but rather accumulate “the best practices of the electoral systems of our countries”

The US Carter Centre which sent observers in 2006 rejected last August to participate in the coming elections following the description of “international accompanying observer” as ‘symbolic’, since it has no competence to “assess the electoral process as a whole in a systematic way”.

The Organization of American States, OAS, and the European Union which sent observers back in 2006 were not invited on this occasion. Over 19 million Venezuelans are entitled to vote under the new system which is based on the finger print.

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1 ChrisR (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 10:36 pm Report abuse
So TMBOA has warned him not to upset her boyfriend and mad soul mate Dead Man Walking, Chavez himself.

So, without checking anything whatsover he announces it's all OK!

I think we have a visionary here, or he is having visions. Probably of being chucked out of a helicopter if he crosses either of the two principal lunatics of LatAm.
2 Britninja (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 11:19 pm Report abuse
Somehow a name like Carlos ‘Chacho’ Alvarez screams “I'm reliable and trustworthy”. About as much as Mickey 'Three-Fingers' McGee or Bobby 'It fell off the back of the truck guv' Butcher would here.
3 Rufus (#) Sep 21st, 2012 - 09:43 am Report abuse
So have they announced the election results yet?
4 ChrisR (#) Sep 21st, 2012 - 10:59 am Report abuse
3 Rufus

The result is in the sealed envelope marked 'do not open until Oct 8th'.

5 Editor56619 (#) Sep 21st, 2012 - 12:41 pm Report abuse
Let's be professional rather than abusive ......
How does Mr. Alvarez irrevocably evidence that the Venezuelan electoral process is “one of the most advanced and reliable” ........?
6 pgerman (#) Sep 21st, 2012 - 01:52 pm Report abuse
The electoral process itself might be clean, transparent and solid but the issue are the unfair practices before the election day.

It might be like in Argentina where the election day and the voting process is clean but the governments cheat during the previous months or even years.
7 BAMF Paraguay (#) Sep 21st, 2012 - 01:57 pm Report abuse
Obviously this is text book procedure to create a mask of legitimacy of the electoral process in Venezuela. No one actually believes that the elections are legitimate, but having these and other excuses to fall back to will help Hugo to release his military to stop the massive uprising that is guaranteed to occur after the results show a win by Hugo. Of course this will all be done in the name of “democracy” and without the military attacking its own citizens “democracy” will cease to exist in Venezuela.

All along Paraguay has invited anyone and everyone to come and observe its elections. During the election process, a volunteer of each party is allowed to audit each and every electoral booth. I was actually very amazed when I voted last time to see this. Doesn't mean that politicians don't buy votes and cheat in some other way, but stuffing the ballot box is nearly impossible. Also the votes are read out loud with all of the volunteers present.

....and Paraguay was suspended from Mercosur because of a democratic rupture???!!!
8 Rufus (#) Sep 21st, 2012 - 02:49 pm Report abuse

I don't think that it was a “democratic rupture” that caused Paraguay to be suspended, it was a democratic move in (for South America) an unfashionable direction (i.e. not to the populist left).
9 agent999 (#) Sep 21st, 2012 - 03:49 pm Report abuse
Paraguay's problem was that they did not agree with Venezuela becoming a full member of Mercosur so any excuse for removing them would be taken.

What is happening in Paraguay is far more democratic than the elections in Venezuela !
10 British_Kirchnerist (#) Sep 25th, 2012 - 01:48 am Report abuse
Jimmy Carter and his Centre are saying much the same thing about Venezuela
11 JohnN (#) Sep 25th, 2012 - 02:56 am Report abuse
Of the many human rights and rule of law problems in Venezuela, judicial independence is one of the most critical. For example, the jailing of judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni in Venezuela, imprisoned by the government of President Hugo Chavez for having the temerity to release a government critic.”:
12 British_Kirchnerist (#) Sep 25th, 2012 - 03:03 am Report abuse
#10 Much the same thing as Alvarez and Unasur, I should have made clear =)

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