Morel Rodríguez: I was not defeated by Mata Figueroa
The opposition outgoing governor of Nueva Esparta state, northeast Venezuela, said the electoral campaign of his challenger, pro-government elected governor Carlos Mata Figueroa, was funded by state-run oil firm Pdvsa, public utility Corpoelec and the Interior Ministry
"I was not defeated by (ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV) Carlos Mata Figueroa. These three bodies I just mentioned were the winners. I wish the mistakes of this alleged democracy are corrected so that the bodies monitoring State funds work in order to allocate public funds with honesty and transparency," he added.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.