Jorge Rodríguez, former president of the Venezuelan
National Electoral Council (CNE), has been disabled as an
electoral observer during the upcoming second round of the
Peruvian presidential election, as he was involved in an irregular
situation during the first round, sources of the Peruvian
Electoral Board (JNE) ratified on Wednesday.
JNE made the decision based on the fact that Rodríguez, then the top Venezuelan electoral authority, on April 9 violated the rules for international electoral observers, as he openly backed one of the Peruvian presidential candidates, namely nationalist Ollanta Humala, DPA reported.
According to TV reports, Rodríguez was always by Humala's side, behaved as his friend, offered him logistical support and even played the role of Humala's bodyguard, when the nationalist candidate was harassed by foes outside a balloting center. Therefore, for Peruvian authorities, Rodríguez violated the principle of impartiality.
Humala, who is facing former president center-leftist Alan García in a second round next June 4th, has been openly supported by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
INTERVIEW Henry Ramos Allup, Secretary General of opposition party Acción Democrática, holds no positive expectations concerning the behavior of some dissenting allies, but he advocates for sincere debate and "purpose of amendment" within the opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), which is to hold a plenary session the week of July 21.