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Venezuelan Electoral System is Solid, Inclusive and Transparent

President of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council Visits U.S.

The President of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, spoke at a series of meetings in Washington this week about the improvements made to her country’s electoral system over the last ten years. Lucena – who was invited to participate in a National Lawyers Guild convention in Philadelphia this Friday – indicated that the CNE is a solid, transparent organism that guarantees the inclusion of all Venezuelans across the political spectrum.

Lucena said: “The Electoral Power has defeated abstention and increased democratic participation thanks to the mechanisms that today guarantee the political participation of all Venezuelans.  Electoral participation has grown because the CNE has, among other things, audited the voting machines, the software and hardware used during electoral processes, and even the means of transmission of the data. Also, the CNE has various control mechanisms to guarantee the transparency of all electoral processes.”

Regarding the advances made by the CNE, Lucena said that it has defeated the corruption that existed under previous governments and elevated inclusion due to the solidity of the system and factors such as increased voting stations.

“While in the past there were only 7,000 voting stations, today we have 40,000. [In] communities that never before had access to electoral participation. These advances have made our electoral system the safest in the region,” Lucena said.

“The electoral registry closes the gap that existed between those that could vote and those who were excluded,” Lucena said, noting that while 20 percent were excluded under prior governments, “We have been closing the gap so that it is now only 5 percent.”

The CNE president indicated that the caliber of the Venezuelan electoral system has been recognized by multilateral organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS), and that countries such as India have signed conventions with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to strengthen electoral mechanisms.

Last June, the Venezuelan electoral system was certified as the best in the world in terms of compliance with democratic norms and social equality, according to a study by the Canada-based institution known as the Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA).

Press – Embassy of Venezuela to the U.S. / October 12, 2011

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