Venezuela electoral system receives a ‘B+’ in 2012 global electoral study
The Venezuelan electoral system received an audit score of 78 percent from The Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA), an international, non-partisan organization that advances fair and transparent democratic processes. The FDA found that Venezuela’s electoral system is exceptionally progressive in the area of campaign coverage, protection of voter rights and voter assistance. However, FDA auditors identified severe weakness in electoral finance. The FDA audit focused on 52 variables of criteria to determine the scores for each area.
Key points gleaned from the study:
• The Venezuelan federal electoral system is very satisfactory and demonstrates considerable evidence of an exceptionally sound system.
• Candidate and party electoral finances are only transparent to the state, therefore there is potential for corruption by pro-government parties and unjust financial assessment of anti-government parties, including targeting of contributors.
• There are no caps or limits on billboards, flyers, posters, and campaign events, therefore there is potential for an unfair and unequal playing field in these media categories. This media loophole may be exacerbated by electoral finances being only transparent to the state.
• The Venezuelan electoral system is fully automated and to ensure the integrity of the system and the vote, there are 14 different audits (with observers from parties) of the automated system with other safeguards, including encryption of votes.
Stephen Garvey, Executive Director
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About the FDA
The Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA) mission is to advance fair and transparent democratic processes wherever elections occur. The FDA believes that fairer electoral systems and a more informed public will help ensure the election of candidates who truly represent the will of the people. The FDA fulfills its mission by performing detailed electoral audits on political candidates and parties to inform the public, objectively and impartially, about their electoral choices. Also, the FDA audits electoral legislation in terms of fairness and equity.