Electoral Power, Foreign Ministry discuss international accompaniment for December 6 election
As part of the interinstitutional cooperation activities undertaken by the National Electoral Council (CNE) ahead of the December 6 election, Venezuela’s electoral body and the Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs held a coordination meeting on Wednesday to exchange experiences in the organization and implementation of the international electoral accompaniment program.
At the meeting, headed by CNE President Indira Alfonzo Izaguirre and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Alfonzo said they provided an historical overview of “the courtesy and policy of the electoral body to invite international accompaniment, electoral experts and renowned political personalities from the world , and the openness that has always characterized the Venezuelan electoral system.”
The CNE president also pointed out that “in this parliamentary election on December 6, 2020, we are not only strengthening domestic sectors to come and participate in the election, but we are also having an opening process, being the Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs the institution that directs the foreign policy of the State.”
In this regard, Alfonzo explained that “as an institution of the Venezuelan State, and respecting the system enshrined in the Constitution and the principle of collaboration among powers, we have called the Foreign Ministry to exchange our assessment, suggestions and considerations. We are operating because it is time to choose and receive those who want to share this democratic process with us.”
By promoting domestic and international accompaniment, Alfonzo said that the goal is to show the transparency and efficiency of the election, and “to contribute to that sounding board that will allow the world to endorse the development of the Venezuelan electoral process.”
“We want the world to know it. At this meeting, we have fostered, through your good offices as the guarantor of the foreign policy of the Venezuelan State, an electoral process that develops with efficiency, transparency, and legal, technical, technological, biosanitary electoral guarantees,” explained the CNE president.
Regarding biosanitary guarantees, Alfonzo highlighted that this electoral process includes the fight against COVID-19 as a cross-cutting element. “We have assumed a great commitment to that human side of our electoral process,” she affirmed.
Therefore, biosecurity measures have been adopted in each phase of the electoral process, which includes 15 audits, where participants will rely on the necessary tools to prevent COVID-19.
Finally, the CNE president stressed that they are “firmly convinced that there are conditions at home to strengthen the electoral democratic path that will lead to the parliamentary elections.”