On Friday the Organization of American States (OAS) officially refused to participate in the electoral fraud being organized by Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship in the absence of guarantees in the process.
“Since 2015, the OAS General Secretariat has been reporting – through extensive reports – on its concerns regarding the democratic decline in Venezuela and the systematic and progressive suppression of each of the essential components of a representative democracy,” the OAS said in a statement released to the media.
The multilateral organization denounced “the gradual but constant dismantling of the Venezuelan democratic institutions is evident. In Venezuela, none of the five basic elements of a representative democracy, established in the Inter-American Democratic Charter, are respected: 1) there is no respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; 2) access to and exercise of power are not in accordance with the law; 3) political parties and organizations are oppressed; 4) there is no separation and independence of public powers; and 5) free and fair elections have not been held in the last five years”.
“Regarding the presence of International Election Observation, the GS/OAS cannot deploy an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM/OAS) as long as Venezuela does not guarantee compliance with the standards established in the Inter-American Democratic Charter and the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation,” it explained.
In this regard, in the missive signed by Secretary Luis Almagro, he specified that “the Venezuelan regime specifically establishes that the country does not allow international electoral observation because it considers it “invasive and tutelary” and proposes as an alternative the figure of the “International Electoral Accompaniment”, in which the international electoral ‘accompaniers’ must comply with a “Plan-determined by the National Electoral Council.”
“These practices are unacceptable limitations for carrying out an autonomous and independent OAS/EOM. Each of these provisions violate OAS principles and standards for the deployment of an Election Observation Mission. Therefore, the GS/OAS will not be able to deploy a Mission until there are minimum guarantees of freedom of movement, communication and information, unrestricted access to electoral institutions and authorities (including voting centers and vote counters), as well as security conditions, immunity from arrest, detention or legal process, and the inviolability of the EOM’s facilities and documents,” it clarified.
In this regard, he noted that “it is appropriate to mention that these guarantees are stipulated in the two agreements that all OAS Member States sign prior to the deployment of a Mission: the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities and the Agreement on Procedures for Electoral Observation. Furthermore, the Inter-American Democratic Charter establishes that the OAS EOMs present their reports to the Permanent Council and that they must inform this body if the conditions necessary for the holding of free and fair elections do not exist,” it concluded.