The Carter Center monitored earlier elections. On September 24, its web site headlined "Carter Center Conducts Study Mission to Venezuela Elections," saying:
It's "conducting an independent study mission to follow the campaign, with political and electoral analysts interviewing political actors and technical experts on the ground."
Post-election, a report will follow. It'll discuss "Venezuelan perceptions of the electoral process and the results."
This year it won't send technical experts to assess the automated voting system. It said:
"The most important role in monitoring any electoral process belongs to the national citizens, including the political parties, national observer organizations, and the voters themselves."
"Voters can participate in the verification of the electronic vote counts on election night when the paper receipts are counted, national observer groups are organizing to monitor election day, and the political campaigns are expected to field party witnesses in each voting site."
"Local universities and NGOs are monitoring campaign conditions and media access during the campaign. The Carter Center will use all of this information, in addition to interviews, in its report."
Since 1998, it observed four Venezuelan elections and referenda. All were open, free and fair.
On September 22, Venezuela Analysis headlined Former US President Carter: Venezuelan Electoral System 'Best in the World,' saying:
At an annual Carter Center event, he said:
"As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we've monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world."
He added that America's is "one of the worst".because of the excessive influx of money."- Advertisement -
True enough, but he left unexplained the full extent of a corrupted, dysfunctional, farcical system. It has no credibility whatever. No wonder half the electorate opts out. Why bother when corporate run machines vote. People have no say. Money power decides results, not voters.
Venezuelans get the real thing. Their franchise is respected. Before Chavez took office, less than half of Venezuelans were registered to vote. They couldn't participate in choosing officials.