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OAS Secretary General Welcomes Normalcy and Large Turnout in Venezuelan Elections

  September 27, 2010

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today congratulated the government of President Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan people for the appropriateness, calmness and transparency with which parliamentary elections were conducted yesterday in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The official results were announced at the end of the day by the National Electoral Council (CNE).

Secretary General Insulza praised the high voter turnout, as well as the normalcy that characterized the voting. “Venezuelans have given a great example in public-spiritedness, because they have demonstrated to the world that, despite ideological differences, politics can be conducted in peace and with respect for diversity,” he said. “What’s important now that the results have been announced is for those diverse forces to be capable of engaging in dialogue and seeking common ground for the good of their country.”

The OAS Secretary for Political Affairs, Víctor Rico, and that Secretariat’s advisor, Raúl Alconada, were invited by the CNE to participate Sunday in the special international guest program that allowed them to follow the course of the electoral process.

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Reference: E-353/10