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Caracas, November 23, 2021Updated 11/23/2021 11:46 am

The Observation Mission of the European Union on Venezuela identified irregularities in the elections of governors and mayors on Sunday despite “better conditions” with respect to previous electoral processes, said Tuesday the head of the group, the Portuguese Isabel Santos.

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Although “the Venezuelan electoral framework complies with most of the basic international standards, our mission has been able to verify the lack of judicial independence, non-adherence to the rule of law and that some laws affected the equality of conditions, balance and transparency. of the elections, ”Santos declared at a press conference.

The governor United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won the vast majority of positions in votes in which the main opposition political parties returned to the polls after refusing to participate in the 2018 elections, in which the president was reelected Nicolas Maduro, and those of 2020, in which Chavismo regained control of Parliament. They denounced them, then, as “fraudulent” processes.

Despite the “better conditions” that led to the return of the bulk of the opposition, including the appointment of new electoral authorities, the campaign “was marked by the extensive use of state resources” to support candidates, without that there would be “sanctions for violations,” Santos said.

Also “there have been arbitrary disqualifications of candidates by administrative means and the most recognized leaders and members of some parties have been suspended or have control of their symbols and electoral card,” he added.

The EU representative thus referred to judicial decisions handed over by the strongest opposition parties to rivals of Juan Guaidó, a leader recognized since 2019 as president in charge of Venezuela by fifty countries without having been able to displace Maduro from power.

Santos also said that EU observers witnessed the establishment of illegal checkpoints “, called” red spots “, by the ruling party in the vicinity of the voting centers.

He mourned the death of a voter at a polling station, in an event that Venezuelan authorities said was “isolated” from the election.

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