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International representatives affirm transparency of referendum results

The results obtained in Sunday’s referendum in Venezuela are completely transparent and trustworthy, said César Rodríguez, Vice-President of Ecuador’s National Assembly and an international representative accompanying the electoral process.

“This electoral process supports Venezuelan society with absolute clarity and legitimacy so that its democracy can deepen and advance,” he said during an appearance on “Vota 2009”, a special broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión.

Rodríguez indicated that despite the margin of small logistic errors common to an event of the magnitude Venezuela went through, the country can be proud that it has one of the most advanced electoral systems in Latin America and the world.

Eduardo Zambrano, another international representative and member of the Ecuadorian National Assembly, emphasized that it was a totally transparent process and it would be thoughtless to say that it was “plagued with vices”, as the headlines of local newspaper El Nacional said on Monday.

Zambrano explained that in his experience accompanying this Venezuelan electoral process, he observed a transparent process although there were small errors that, in his judgment, did not affect the results at all.

“It was a global Yes victory and a democratic party that Venezuelan went through, guaranteed by an automated electric voting system that is at the technological forefront of the Americas,” he noted.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 16, 2009

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