Presidential elections in Belarus and Venezuela: any difference?

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“I cannot tell you the exact number but there
were about 200 international observers from different organizations, international
associations, etc. There were representatives from Latin American states, Caribbean
states, Brazil, Spain… It produced a positive effect on our election,”
Venezuelan Ambassador to Belarus Américo Díaz Núñez told Euroradio.

Only 1 out
of 56 Venezuelan citizens living in Belarus voted for Henrique Capriles,
Nicolas Maduro’s opponent. That is why the ambassador was in a good mood and treated
the journalists to Soviet champagne.

However,
the opposition registered … about 3 thousand violations, expert in Latin
American states Kastus Andryyeuski
told Euroradio. But they were insignificant.

“The opposition have already uploaded a few
videos and there is a list of almost 3 thousand violations. But I think that they
are insignificant.”

The Venezuelan
opposition members can register violations much easier. An election reform was
conducted during Chavez’ presidency – observers are no longer limited in their right
to watch the voting process and the CEC even suggested counting all the votes once
more in response to the protests of Capriles’ adherents.

The voting process
in Venezuela is very different from ours. Every citizen has a voter’s card. You
can only vote if you have the card ­– even the passport won’t do. Venezuelans
vote by putting their fingers next to candidates’ photos and the system scans their
fingerprints. They get a ticket that they need to give to the commission. The tickets
are used to count all the votes. Citizens who have already voted get their
fingers marked with special paint which prevents them from voting again.

 And this is not everything that the Belarusian
opposition can be jealous of. Chavez’ successor created no obstacles to the
opposition during the election campaign, the expert said.

You can probably find something but it was insignificant.”

Moreover, there
are a lot of independent TV channels, radio stations and publications in Venezuela.
Hundreds of people took part in meetings in support of the opposition candidate
in Caracas streets. That is why it will be difficult to say that Nikolas Maduro
(who scored “only” 50.66% while Capriles scored 49.07%) is a non-democratic President.