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International Electoral Accompanying Program Elections of legislative and presidential councils Sunday, May 20, 2018 Guide to the itinerary of visits to electoral centers PDF Print E-mail
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International Electoral Accompanying Program

Elections of legislative and presidential councils
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Guide to the itinerary of visits to electoral centers

I. General information
Personal data:

Name: Arikana Chihombori Quao, Permanent Representative
Institution: African Union Mission, Washington DC
Country of origin: Ghana

Region and assigned route: Metropolitan Region of Caracas
Names of electoral centers visited:
1. Francisco Pimentel
2. Fermin Toro
3. Bicentenario Republicano
4. Unidad Educativa Nac. Conocoi Ma
5. Comandante Supremo Hugo Chávez Frías

II. Opening of polling stations
Constitution of the polling stations. Assistance of the members of the bureaux (president, principal members and secretaries) and witnesses. Conditions of the electoral material.
- All stations were properly staffed.
- Each station had 2 witnesses; a government party witness and an opposition witness
- Electoral materials were in order.

III. Voting activity
Clear recognition by voters of their voting options. Training of the members of the offices. Adequate support for voters on the voting process. Presence of witnesses or groups representing candidates in the sectors of political organizations that represent each option:
Each elector was informed about what would happen during the voting process, from beginning to end.
Two witnesses were present in each room / polling station.

Operation of the Integrated Authentication System (AIS):
The SAI was homogeneous.
No failure occurred during the time I visited the 5 centers before mentioned.

How the voting process works step by step (polling station):
The process has been transparent from beginning to end.

Guarantees of secrecy of vote:
Polling stations were protected by a screen that gave the elector confidentiality when voting.

Access and ease when voting for: disabled, illiterate, elderly, etc.:
Voters with disabilities relied on an assistant to help them through the process. Each assistant was correctly identified.

Propaganda and political participation. Denunciation of cases of pressure, coercion or corruption during the voting time. Situation of the intelligence offices of the different political options:
I did not witness any signs of pressure, information on propaganda, coercion or corruption at the centers I visited.

VI. Review and audit of citizen audits:

On the review process and citizen audits:
The verification process has been transparent from the beginning until the end of the elections.

Presence of voters and witnesses from sectors representing each political organization:
The centers visited all relied on witnesses.

On the organization of the voting process by the National Electoral Council (CNE):
The voting process was very organized with exceptional attention to detail.
On the participation of citizens in the electoral process and in the exercise of the right to vote:
Citizens moved freely and did not seem intimidated to come to the polls.
On the automated voting process (technology platform):
Voting machines and digital / biometric electronic verification worked without problems.
On the electoral guarantees applied in the process:
Members of the armed forces have been present in all the centers.

Conclusions:

In my opinion, the voting process was transparent, free and fair. Voters were not intimidated or forced to vote. The environment has been safe and sound. I congratulate the people of Venezuela for peaceful and well-organized elections. Thank you for inviting this observer mission of the African Union to these important elections.

 

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