The EU Observer Mission in Venezuela presented its report: “We note the lack of judicial independence and non-adherence to the rule of law”

Isabel Santos, head of the European Union observer mission in Venezuela

Isabel Santos, head of the European Union observer mission in Venezuela, presented on Tuesday her preliminary report on Sunday’s regional elections, in which the “lack of judicial independence and non-adherence to the rule of law”.

The Portuguese diplomat, who will return to the country at the end of January or early February – according to her – to present the full report, added that “the political campaign was marked by the extensive use of state resources”.

He stated that “there were no sanctions from the National Electoral Council (CNE) for the violations“And that the observers of the block”witnessed the establishment of checkpoints in the 23 states and the Capital District, despite their explicit prohibition by the CNE”.

Later he stated: “We regret the murder of a voter who was queuing to vote in Zulia. An attack in which other people were injured ”; at the same time that it indicated that “attacks on an electoral observer (he clarified that he was not from the European Union) and two human rights defenders. Acts like these have no place in a democratic process”, He stressed.

Isabel Santos, head of the Electoral Observation Mission of the European Union (EU-MOE) in Venezuela (EFE / Miguel Gutiérrez / File)
Isabel Santos, head of the Electoral Observation Mission of the European Union (EU-MOE) in Venezuela (EFE / Miguel Gutiérrez / File)

Before these considerations, Santos said “have the feeling of living a historical moment. It has been 15 years since the European Union came to Venezuela with an observation mission. This work was possible thanks to the invitation of the CNE ”, he expressed.

And he continued: “In the last days, there was a lot of speculation on the nature of our mission. It is independent, neutral and impartial. Observation missions they are not an instrument of interference in the life of countries ”, he clarified; while he highlighted that “today’s report is only preliminary. Critical stages remain, including the completion of the scrutiny and resolutions of possible challenges that the European Union will continue to observe.”, He detailed.

For its part, Jordi Cañas, head of the observation of the European Parliament, thanked the Venezuelans for welcoming the mission. “Our commitment is with all the citizens of Venezuela and with democracy”, He declared.

“During our presence we have been able to verify progress in the electoral process, the result of political dialogue. The most important is the opposition decision to participate in the electoral act. Without their participation, we would not be here because there would be nothing to observe”He continued.

Then he denounced the “insufficient democratic conditions” and “deterioration of the rule of law in a context of serious human rights violations”. In addition, he specified in the “need for an independent judiciary”.

“Advances can only be made through political dialogue among Venezuelans. That is a path that we are willing to follow ”, he concluded.

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