CARACAS – The results of the gubernatorial elections in Venezuela over the weekend as reported by the National Electoral Council (CNE) are valid, foreign pro-government observers said on Monday.
Government candidates scored an overwhelming victory in the regional elections, winning the governorships in 17 of Venezuela’s 23 states, but the opposition said it would not recognize the results.
“The mission considers that the process went off successfully and that the will of the citizens expressed peacefully at the polls has been respected,” the president of the Council of Latin American Electoral Experts, Ecuadorian Nicanor Moscoso, said from the CNE headquarters in Caracas.
According to official results, out of the nation’s 23 states, the governors in 17 of them now belong to the ruling Chavismo movement. The opposition, meanwhile, won five other states. The vote for the remaining one is still up in the air due to the tight race between the candidates.
The MUD opposition coalition refused on Sunday to recognize the results because of the multiple irregularities it had reportedly detected during the campaign and for the alleged lack of transparency in the counting of votes.
The MUD – which according to surveys was supposed to win most of the states – asked its followers to demonstrate in the streets to show their rejection of the supposed injustice.
But one of the observers, Guillermo Reyes, said on Monday about the MUD’s complaint that at the polls (around 55 percent of the total) where the mission was present, the results produced by the voting machines coincided with the number of ballots deposited in the boxes.
“That was a random sample,” Reyes said about the polls monitored by the mission, in order to validate the verification.