The Carter Center will send a mission to monitor the presidential elections in Venezuela after its exclusion from the European Union

The Carter Center will send a mission to monitor the presidential elections in Venezuela after its exclusion from the European Union
The Carter Center will send a mission to monitor the presidential elections in Venezuela after its exclusion from the European Union (EFE/ Rayner Peña R)

he Carter Center A team will be deployed to monitor Elections in Venezuela On July 28, after the exclusion of the mission European Union (The European Union) will raise concerns about the legitimacy of the electoral process.

According to the agency BloombergOn Wednesday, the Atlanta-based organization accepted the invitation extended by the Venezuelan Electoral College last March. Jenny LincolnIts chief advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean.

In this election, the dictator Nicolas Maduro He is seeking a third consecutive term after stopping his biggest competitor Maria Corina MachadoParticipate in the competition. he Chavista system It announced in May that it would ban EU monitors after the group refused to lift all sanctions imposed on government officials.

The Atlanta-based organization on Wednesday accepted the invitation extended by the National Electoral Council in March, according to Jenny Lincoln, its chief advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean. (Reuters/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria)

The presidents of Colombia and Brazil, Gustavo Petro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, respectively, said they would not send missions to monitor the vote either.

he National Electoral Council of Venezuela It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The group's technical mission is expected to arrive June 29 To monitor the process, which includes Evaluating the election campaigns of candidates Lincoln noted the organization of voting centers, among other aspects.

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The opposition sought Credible international observersSince the previous elections in Venezuela were marred Fraud accusations And government intervention.

Despite criticism and questions from national and international organizations, Venezuelan Electoral College Also excluded International monitoring mission Subordinate European UnionHe withdrew the invitation in retaliation for not lifting the sanctions imposed on the majority of regime officials due to human rights violations.

Repression by the Maduro regime increased in the days before the official start of the campaign 4th of July. It recently arrested four activists and journalists linked to the opposition, and excluded several mayors of regional cities where the opposition was gathering.

The Electoral Council of the Venezuelan regime will not yield to withdrawing the invitation extended to the European Union International Accompaniment Mission (EFE/ARCHIVE)

he Carter Center The last time he monitored Venezuela's regional elections in 2021, he found evidence of this Political interference In the Electoral Council and concluded that The vote did not meet basic international standards For democratic elections.

This non-profit organization was founded by the former US President Jimmy Carter And his wife Rosalynmonitors elections around the world, among other efforts such as disease control.

(Information from Bloomberg)

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