Tras darse a conocer el estrecho margen de los resultados de la elección presidencial el día de ayer, Freedom House insta al Consejo Nacional Electoral Venezolano a convocar a un recuento del 100% de los votos que sea abierto, transparente y verificable.
In response to Venezuela’s tightly contested presidential race yesterday, Freedom House urges the National Electoral Council of Venezuela to conduct an immediate and exhaustive recount of 100 percent of the votes in an open, transparent and verifiable way.
The prospective sale of independent Venezuelan television station Globovisión further restricts space for critical voices in Venezuela in advance of a critical election following the death of President Hugo Chavez. Freedom House is alarmed by the Venezuelan government’s efforts to exercise such control over the media and calls for authorities to cease its harassment of independent journalists.
Freedom House today released the following statement regarding the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez:
“With the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Freedom House urges the government in Caracas to follow the steps laid out in the Venezuelan constitution which states that, in the case of a permanent absence of the president, the leader of the National Assembly should temporarily assume the presidency and elections must be called in 30 days. Freedom House calls on the government and the opposition to commit themselves to ensuring a fair and democratic campaign and election and a peaceful presidential transition. We extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chavez for their loss."