UNASUR Supports Venezuela's Electoral System

Chief of an electoral observation mission of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Carlos Alvarez said Wednesday that Venezuela possesses a reliable and transparent electoral system that inspires "plenty of confidence".

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The April 14 elections will be the third time the UNASUR Electoral Council will observe elections in Latin America. (AVN)
The April 14 elections will be the third time the UNASUR Electoral Council will observe elections in Latin America. (AVN)

Alvarez said Venezuela's election infrastructure satisfies the requirements of a free and fair democracy, reported Prensa Latina.

On April 14, the UNASUR Electoral Council will again observe Venezuelan elections, after first doing so last October.

On 7 October 2012, Alvarez recalled, there was high participation rate in Venezuela's presidential elections, even though voting is not compulsory. In that process, Hugo Chavez won with 55.07 per cent of the ballot; 8,191,132 votes.

Secretary of the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI), Alvarez added that on April 14 he will chair "a neutral mission, which allows UNASUR to gather information, knowledge and experience to have a stronger Electoral Council."

"As UNASUR has an Electoral Council fully joined to regional tasks, the self-determination of its electoral processes will be...more guaranteed in the region," said Alvarez.

Alvarez said that initiatives such as the council remove the need for supervision from the so-called developed nations. "Less and less countries request...international observation [from] the developed world."

Latin America, he said, "has eliminated electoral fraud and the military coup d'etat, which used to be two tools for the [r]ight to prevent popular processes."

Concerning the recent passing of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, he said that it "obviously left a very big emptiness, as in Venezuela as in Latin America, as in the rest of the world."

Edited by Venezuelanalysis