The European Commission criticized Friday the Venezuelan
government performance during the election for parliament
last Sunday. "It could have done much more" in terms of transparency;
however, there were significant steps, AFP reported.
European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero
Waldner made reference to the preliminary report of the UE
electoral observation mission who was in Venezuela during
the polls resulting in landslide victory of the ruling alliance.
"On the one hand, the authorities took significant steps
to make the process more transparent and restore confidence.
But, on the other hand, the government could have done much
more for independence of the National Electoral Council and
the media," Ferrero Waldner reasserted.
With turnout as low as 25 percent, the ruling alliance get
the 167 seats in the National Assembly during the polls, where
five major opposition parties were absent.