The Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, urged the European Union (EU) to send the Caribbean country a commission to observe “in private” the next legislative elections, hours after this community bloc warned that it would only participate if there are “important changes” in the conditions of the elections .
“If they can’t send a super commission to Venezuelan elections, send a commission in private, “Maduro said during an act of his party broadcast on public television VTV, referring to the EU’s refusal to send an electoral observation mission because the invitation was made out of time.
The demands of the EU
“If you want to see the truth, send a commission in private, we will attend to you very well and you will be able to see the electoral campaign, the elections, you will be able to see the truth of Venezuela,” he insisted, even knowing that it is not possible. as it was communicated from Europe.
Although Maduro has constantly referred to a “commission”, from the context and the rest of the comments, it is understood that he speaks of a observation mission electoral, since it was this request that the community bloc rejected.
This same day, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, indicated that the group could send observers to the legislatures only if there are “important changes” in the conditions and deadlines.
“Only important changes in the conditions and time frame could allow the deployment of an electoral observation mission of the EU“said Borrell through his account on the social network Twitter.
Maduro lashes out at the EU
But Maduro said that these EU conditions are “impossible” to meet since they represent a violation of the ConstitutionAt the same time, he asked the group to “think well” about its policy towards Venezuela.
“In Venezuela there will be a new National Assembly (AN, Parliament) and you as the EU cannot stay stuck in the script of Donald Trump of trying to replace the public powers of Venezuela. Please, a little political realism, “he added.
“Are you going to just keep listening to extremist sector of a right-wing minority in Venezuela or are they going to listen to an entire country, which has a diversity of voices? “, he asked later.
Doubts about the elections
The parliamentary elections have generated wide rejection in many sectors of the Venezuelan opposition for the lack of guarantees, which has led them to qualify these elections, which they have said they will boycott, as “fraudulent.”
Among the irregularities that Maduro’s detractors denounce are mistrust in the Electoral Power, whose rectors were appointed by the Supreme Court and not by Parliament, as well as the intervention of several opposition partiesit is, what supposed changes in the directives of these organizations.
The rejection was also highlighted by the international community, considering that Maduro does not have the capacity to call free, democratic and transparent elections.