The United Nations sent three members of the Election Expert Panel to Venezuela on Tuesday to evaluate the South American country’s regional and local elections, which will take place on November 21.
“The body (…) will carry out an independent and technical assessment of the electoral system as part of the regional and local elections on November 21 and will remain in the country until a few days after the elections,” reported the UN. it’s a statement.
In addition, these members will hold meetings with “a wide range of political and social actors as well as electoral authorities and experts” in response to requests from the Venezuelan authorities.
However, unlike observation missions, which also require a special mandate from the Security Council or the General Assembly, this UN mechanism will not issue any public statements assessing the electoral process or its results.
“The panel will submit an internal report to the Secretary General (of the United Nations, António Guterres) with recommendations for strengthening future electoral processes (…) The panel’s recommendations can be forwarded to the national authorities,” the United Nations said in detail.
Finally, the organization appreciates that the members deployed on site have “extensive electoral experience” and have already worked for the UN “in various contexts”.
On the other hand, the National Electoral Council of Venezuela (CNE) announced that members of the European Union observation mission had visited the organization’s facilities where the technological equipment used for the elections was checked.
“They have been broadly described as a set of procedures involved in the configuration and isolation of technological devices that enable automated voting to be carried out in Venezuela,” the CNE said on its social networks.
This Tuesday, the Group of the European People’s Party (PPE) announced that it would not take part in the observation mission in Venezuela, as the presence of a delegation from the European Parliament considered “a glossing over of the cruel regime” by. can be understood Nicolas Maduro.
The “popular” Europeans were already very critical of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell’s plan to send a European mission to the elections, especially after an internal report by the European External Action Service leaked that advised against the mission considers it counterproductive.
The decisive factor for the dispatch of observers was the agreement that had been negotiated for weeks between the EU and the National Electoral Council, which guarantees the mission general access to the whole country during the election process and guarantees work carried out according to international standards.