Venezuelan national assembly elections, ‘neither free nor fair’ says, UK foreign office

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro talks to journalist covering his vote in elections to choose members of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. The vote, championed by Maduro, is rejected as fraud by the nation's most influential opposition politicians. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

By Caribbean News Global Caribbean News Global fav Venezuelan national assembly elections, ‘neither free nor fair’ says, UK foreign office

LONDON, England –  On Sunday, the Venezuela national assembly elections were held admid COVID-19 protocols in 14, 221 polling stations, with 14,400 candidates participate from 107 political organizations, “The United Kingdom does not recognise the result of the illegitimate Venezuelan National Assembly election held on December 6, 2020.”

President Nicolas Maduro affirmed his commitment to the Venezuelan people casting his ballot, said: “I am proud to be Venezuelan, to have a free and conscious homeland. We had the patience and the wisdom to wait for this day and end that awful National Assembly that brought the plague of sanctions, cruelty, pain and suffering.”

He later congratulated the candidates and declared that in the past 22 years, the PSUV has won through the vote rather than through violence, proof of the party’s democratic and popular nature.

Preliminary results point to the PSUV-GPP coalition victory with 67.6 percent of the votes for Venezuela’s National Assembly, and a new session to commence January 5, 2021.

Vice president Delcy Rodríguez told reporters after voting in Caracas. “Venezuela is giving an example to the world” and “despite the aggressions the country lives with the criminal blockade, here is Venezuela expressing itself democratically.”

Caribbean News Global ven_election-2020.jpg1_ Venezuelan national assembly elections, ‘neither free nor fair’ says, UK foreign office

Following the Venezuelan National Assembly elections on December 6, 2020, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in a statement said:

“The Venezuelan National Assembly election on 6 December was neither free nor fair. It did not meet internationally accepted conditions, as called for by the International Contact Group on Venezuela including the UK, the Organisation of American States, the European Union, and others; nor did it meet the requirements of Venezuelan law. The UK considers the election to have been illegitimate and does not recognise the result.

“The UK recognises the National Assembly democratically elected in 2015 and recognises Juan Guaidó as interim constitutional president of Venezuela.

“It is vital that Venezuelans are given the opportunity to vote soon in presidential and legislative elections that are free, fair and effectively overseen. The UK considers that restoring democracy is an essential step towards ending the political, economic and humanitarian crises afflicting Venezuela’s long-suffering people and calls on all its leaders to commit to supporting a solution to this end.”

Meanwhile, observers of Venezuela’s parliamentary elections Sunday ratified the process legitimacy, observed massive participation, very prepared authorities, and sophisticated technologies.

Former US presidential candidate Gloria La Riva, said: “President Nicolas Maduro has handled the country’s situation exceptionally. [Today,] Venezuela is carrying out a peaceful, safe, and transparent electoral process thanks to his good leadership.”

New York Public University professor Danny Shaw said: “Everything you hear about Venezuela in my country is a lie. Venezuelan people can give democracy lessons to the US government.”

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