Carter Center declines Venezuela's invitation to elections
The organization rejected the invitation arguing that it received it "too late" from the National Electoral Council (CNE) to organize and finance its staff
According to the organization, the purpose of accompaniment is to invite foreign people to witness the activities carried out during the election day, through a largely symbolic political presence. In contrast, the purpose of observation is to invite international organizations to assess the whole electoral procedure in a systematic way.
For the 2012 presidential elections, CNE decided to allow international accompaniment instead of observation. However, CNE invited the Carter Center to form an intermediate option that included sending a small expert-technical group to participate in some of the pre-elections audits, and to witness elections the voting day.
However, the Carter Center received the invitation too late, to evaluate it and plan the identification of the necessary experts and financing.
The organization believes that the most important role in monitoring belongs to the citizens, including political parties, national observation organizations and voters.
Finally, the Carter Center promised to continue making an informal follow-up of Venezuelan electoral and political developments.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."