The U.S. NGO Carter Center Friday said it is not participating
as an international electoral observer in the October 31 regional
and local election in Venezuela.
The group declined an invitation the National Electoral Council
(CNE) made on October 8 arguing it has "not enough time or
funds" to organize an observer mission and because it believes
that not all the relevant parties in the election may welcome
In a press release, the Carter Center claimed that "the fact
that the opposition, atomized in the Democratic Coordinator
and the members of the Liaison Committee of the May 2003 Agreement,
have rejected the reports the Carter Center has presented
on the previous electoral process (the August 15 presidential
referendum) makes it difficult to achieve the goal of increasing
confidence in the electoral process."