Correspondent in Caracas
The National Electoral Council (CNE) sent invitations to the European Union and the United Nations to participate as international observers in the regional elections in Venezuela scheduled for November 21.
It was announced by the main rector of the CNE, Roberto Picón, on channel 11 of the Zulia state, information collected by the EFE agency. He also indicated that the institution is working on modifying the electoral regulations to allow a greater observation of international organizations.
The regional ones include the election of 23 governors, 336 mayors, the legislative assemblies of the governorates and the councilors of the municipalities.
The last time the European Union attended the Venezuelan elections was ebetween 2005 and 2006, precisely because the status granted to international entities was of “companions”, or rather, of stone guests, who had no other power of pronouncement beyond that of approving the management of the host or making electoral tourism.
In that sense, Picón affirmed that the CNE has sent the invitations in a “more open format, in terms of what was requested was an unqualified electoral mission.”
Modify the regulation
That is why he added “from these communications, there have been responses that open the way for the possible assistance of the invited organizations (…) and that has opened the possibility of modifying the regulations that currently exist.”
Picón is confident of the success of the review. “That is on the table at the moment, I hope that will be successful and I think the next two or three weeks We should have a definitive answer on the possible participation of international actors in the Venezuelan elections.
He also assured that the electoral process is a combination of three elements: electoral regulations, technology and people, because they are the ones who control the process and the system.
“As much as a technology is safe and a process establishes controls, validations and audits, if people do not have confidence and a counterweight is not made between the different sectors that are in political conflict, the system can be violated,” he said.
In his opinion, the most important thing is balance and that, therefore, the participation of all political actors, including citizens, is essential.
“Citizens also have their role, they are called to be table members, they have to be trained to participate and if they do not participate there is someone who accidentally assumes the role of table member, and that can generate those problems of political bias, regardless of whether they wherever the voting center is, “he said.
Change in the official media
Another step that the new CNE has taken is to promote a review in the Venezuelan state television network (VTV) and National Radio so that they do not continue to bias in favor of the Nicolás Maduro regime, whose hegemony and absolute control over the official and independent media has annulled freedom of the press and expression as seen in these 22 years of Chavista tyranny, as announced by the vice president of the CNE, the rector Enrique Márquez.
The measure seeks to especially reduce the negative influence exerted by the television program ‘Con el mazo giving’ by Diosdado Cabello, with which he attacks and imprisons opponents, dissidents and adversaries, to make up the new image that Maduro intends to offer to the world.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism