International Electoral Accompaniers Ratify Security and Efficiency of Venezuelan Electoral System

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At the start of election day, as Venezuelans went to the polls to choose a new president for the next six years, international accompaniers ratified security and efficiency of the country’s electoral system.
After a meeting yesterday between the international accompaniers and acting president Nicolas Maduro at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, former president of Guatemala Alvaro Colom said: “it appears to me the [electoral] system is facing. It is a system that at any point if there is a problem with any machine, accounting can be done manually.”
Participating in today’s elections are 3,435 national electoral observers, 170 international accompaniers, 40 accompaniers from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), 30 from the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (UNIORE), and 40 accompaniers from different political parties.
For his part, the ex-president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, said that on the eve of the elections, he perceived “an environment of happiness, a warm environment that heralds massive participation among the Venezuela electorate at the polls tomorrow.”
“We are here as accompaniers in this electoral process in order to be able to bear witness to the legitimacy of the process,” he said.
Roberto Rosario, the president of UNIORE, said that his organization brought a technical mission that was allowed to participate in “the production of the machines, the auditing, and the process of educating members of the electoral committees.”
He said the three processes were done in the presence of representatives of the different political parties and candidacies, and “in none of them were there any situations that would tarnish the process.”

AVN/ Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. /April 14, 2013