Borrell sends a European mission to observe the elections in Venezuela


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The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrellwill send a technical electoral observation mission to Venezuela to follow the regional elections on November 21 from the field.

The head of community diplomacy, who has spent weeks negotiating with the Venezuelan authorities the conditions and terms of the deployment of observers, has given the OK to the mission After receiving guarantees from Caracas on access and scope, European sources have advanced to Europa Press.

Borrell defends the need to be present on the ground so that the Venezuelan elections are plural and have minimum democratic conditions. To this end, the EU has already deployed an exploratory mission during the summer to study the feasibility of sending observers for November.

In this way, the EU will be able to observe an election in Venezuela for the first time since 2005. The group of experts will carry out technical monitoring tasks prior to the vote and will observe the November elections, in addition to the subsequent process. In other cases, this type of mission has lasted up to three and four months.

Later, in a statement, community diplomacy confirmed that the Portuguese socialist, Isabel Santos, will lead the mission, which will consist of a first team of 11 electoral experts who will travel to Caracas in October. Later, another 62 long-term technical observers will be added, plus another thirty when the electoral date approaches.

Pending if there will be MEPs

In this context, it remains to be seen whether the European Parliament decides to deploy MEPs. Normally the European Parliament reinforces the technical observation with a delegation that exercises follow-up tasks during the electoral day, giving political weight to the mission.

It will be the group of Support for Democracy and Electoral Coordination of the European Parliament that will study if the process is completed and sends parliamentarians to Venezuela, a decision that must be confirmed by the Conference of Presidents, a body that brings together the heads of all groups with representation in the Eurocamara.

This requires an agreement by consensus of the political parties. Until now, the European People’s Party and Renew’s liberals have harshly criticized any approach to Caracas, so the mission runs the risk of not having MEPs, beyond the head of the mission, who is always a parliamentarian, in this case Isabel Santos.

In Brussels, they consider that the Government of Nicolás Maduro has taken “positive steps” such as the more plural composition of the National Electoral Council or a better relationship with the humanitarian organizations operating in the country.

In addition, the mission coincides with the progress of the dialogue process between the government and the opposition opened in mid-August in Mexico and which held its third round of contacts a few days ago. Both parties assured this Tuesday that they had brought positions closer together.

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