IIHR presents study on recent parliamentary elections in Venezuela

Fecha: (2/22/2016 10:03:11 AM)


Caracas, Venezuela. On February 15, the IIHR presented the “Study mission of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. National Assembly Elections 2015 in Venezuela," a report that deals with the parliamentary elections of December 6. Carlos Mesa Gisbert, former President of Bolivia, and Salvador Romero and Ricardo Valverde, former Director and staff member of the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (CAPEL), respectively, were part of the delegation.


The study includes a historical perspective of parliamentary elections in Venezuela in this century, as well as the system of voting in the country, the political-electoral context since the presidential election in 2013, the debate regarding international electoral observations for parliamentary elections, important national decisions in the Electoral Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, and the election campaign in its various aspects: regulations, mass media, finances, polls, among others.

The text also contains an analysis of the incidents observed during the voting by national groups and different aspects of the results, such as representation of gender in the new National Assembly and the reaction of interested national and international persons with respect to its impact on the political situation. Finally, the report includes suggestions to improve the electoral system in Venezuela.

To conduct the study, the IIHR called upon well-known political and academic analysts as well as Latin American electoral experts who visited the country on two occasions in order to meet a wide diversity of stakeholders.

At the presentation, which was an academic exercise related to the promotion of human rights, especially that of politic participation, the main findings of the IIHR mission were unveiled together with a summary of the reports of the Venezuelan Electoral Observatory, the Assembly of Education, and the Global Observatory on Communication and Democracy. Carlos Mesa, former President of Bolivia, moderated the activity.

The event was held at the Central University of Venezuela and was attended by numerous individuals from the academic, electoral and human rights areas, members of the diplomatic corps and the media and representatives of civil society who work in electoral observations.

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