AVN: The international accompaniment in the electoral processes of Venezuela, as planned for next May 20th, aims to witness those activities and the celebration of the elections with respect and transparency.
Those who exercise this technical oversight must respect the principles of “constitutional supremacy, legality, sovereignty, integrity and territorial inviolability, self-determination of people, non-interference, impartiality, transparency and respect for electoral rules and authorities,” stresses the Regulation of the Organic Electoral Processes Law.
This instrument defines as international accompaniers the electoral institutions or authorities of other States, organizations or international organizations, as well as institutions and people in general. For this, they must receive the invitation of the National Electoral Council (CNE), by a request made before that instance or by initiative of the same electoral body.
Those people who are in the country as international chaperones must have the credential assigned by the CNE, and with it they can transit in the national territory, in compliance with the accompaniment activities; Communicate with candidates, parties, constituencies and applicant indigenous communities or organizations; conduct interviews, meetings or visits to offices or buildings of the electoral authority, prior approval of the CNE.
Likewise, they can witness, from the technical point of view, the design and execution of the electoral operations, for which they will be provided with the corresponding information, in accordance with the Plan of International Electoral Accompaniment and the decisions of the CNE, as well as any another activity necessary for the performance of the accompaniment.
After witnessing the activities scheduled in the electoral calendar, such as audits, and the development of voting with visits to the different voting centers, they must prepare a technical report with the recommendations they consider. That document must then be delivered to the authorities of the Electoral Power.