Venezuela Electoral System Advisory

Venezuelan democracy receives highest score in an ongoing global study

Venezuela’s federal electoral system received an overall score of 85 percent for electoral fairness in
a global study being conducted by the Foundation of Democratic Advancement (FDA), a nonpartisan
organization which aims to advance fair and transparent democratic processes. Out of the
twelve countries the FDA has audited so far, Venezuela has scored the highest. Areas of analysis
in the study includes fairness in electoral spending, equality of voter say, equality of candidate and
party influence and equality of media coverage. A group of diverse and non-partisan electoral
auditors rated each section out of 10 points in terms of fairness.

Key points gleaned from the study:

The Venezuelan federal electoral system, in terms of electoral legislation and regulations,
received an overall exceptional passing grade of 85 percent.
The Venezuelan score of 80 percent on electoral finance means that there is significant
fairness in candidate and party electoral finance.
The Venezuelan score of 90 percent for the political content of the media and broadcasters means that the political content of media and broadcasters in Venezuela is significantly more
fair than unfair.
Venezuela’s score of 90 percent for equality of political candidate and party influence means
that Venezuela is very close to having an equal political playing field.
Venezuela scored 80 percent for equality of voter say based on third-party freedom of
expression, protection of voters, and ambiguity in the role of the National Electoral Council in
offsetting unequal third-party electoral spending.

Media contacts:

Stephen Garvey, Executive Director, (403) 669-8132
Foundation for Democratic Advancement

Aurangzeb Qureshi, Director of Marketing, (403) 390-9750
Foundation for Democratic Advancement

About the FDA:

The Foundation for Democratic Advancement (“FDA”)’s 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, and conducts ground level assessments of democratic processes.

2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Report on Venezuela