QCOSTARICA – Former presidents of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, along with other Latin American leaders, participating as observers of the elections, were expelled from Venezuela.
This was published on the her official Twitter account by Chinchilla, who explained that Diosdado Cabello, president of the Venezuela National Assembly requested the expulsion of the international observer mission.
In addition, the President of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena reported on Sunday afternoon that the credentials given to a number of international observers earlier on Sunday have been revoked.
“A few minutes ago, we saw some political observers, whom we gave credentials this morning, making statements that are not suitable for this election and which run counter to the law,” argued Lucena.
“There have been statements contrary to the environment of peace that should prevail until the end. Venezuelans and international political actors are not allowed to make statements about the development of the vote, and that violates the electoral laws in Venezuela. Therefore, we decided that Mr. Jorge Quiroga’s credential is suspended irrevocably,” Lucena explained.
Subsequently, the former presidents met with President Nicolas Maduro, who assured them there would be transparency and respect in the conduct of the elections.