Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General José
Miguel Insulza replied to President Hugo Chávez' criticism
of the report drafted by the electoral observation mission
on the elections for parliament. The paper fully validates
the polls, he said.
"In my view, this report, regardless of any criticism, fully
validates the election, and this is what it does matter for
those who requested the submittal by OAS," Insulza pointed
out during a presentation at the Mercosur Summit to clarify
President Chávez' remarks.
The OAS report "highlights the quiet environment during the
elections as well as proper preparation and organization,
and certifies that the National Electoral Council fulfilled
all the undertakings done with the observers' mission."
He noted that the preliminary conclusions would be reported
to the OAS Permanent Council, and discussed, in addition to
President Chávez' remarks, with all the member countries.
Insulza recalled that the Venezuelan government requested
the OAS mission and expected that it will be delivered to
all participants in the Mercosur Summit.