After hard pressure from the international community, the Electoral Committee of Venezuela has agreed to make a recount and audit of 46% of the ballot boxes. This has however not stopped Nicolás Maduro from swearing the presidential oath as planned. Mr Maduro will be sworn in under the supervision of several Latin American leaders, mid-day April 19. The opposition has announced that they will not attend the ceremony.
The Executive Committee of the International Democrat Union adopted a resolution on the Venezuelan Presidential Elections during its meeting in Helsinki, April 19, stating that a recount and audit of the result is necessary to assure Venezuelans and the world that the results are accurate and reflect the peoples’ will.
Read the full resolution below.
International Democrat Union
During the IDU Executive Committee meeting in Helsinki on 17th – 19th April, 2013 the IDU adopted the following resolution on the Venezuelan Presidential Elections
- Democracy and freedom is based on peoples’ right to vote freely and transparently and results that leave no doubt about the final result
- In the presidential elections held on 14 April in Venezuela both candidates assured the Venezuelan people and the world that they will back the audit and recount of 100 percent of the votes
- The votes from Venezuelans who voted abroad have not been accounted for
The IDU therefore:
1) Calls upon the Venezuelan Electoral Commission to abandon any intention to recognize results until the recount and audit of 100 percent of Venezuelan voters is completed – both in country and from the Diaspora
2) Recognizes that both presidential candidates have agreed to an audit and recount of 100 percent of the votes.
3) In the strongest terms calls upon the Electoral Commission of Venezuela to recount and audit the result to assure Venezuelans and the world that the results are accurate and reflect the peoples’ will.
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