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  • Tibisay Lucena, president of Venezuela's National Electoral Council, addresses the press before inspecting a polling station in Miranda, Nov. 29, 2015.

    Tibisay Lucena, president of Venezuela's National Electoral Council, addresses the press before inspecting a polling station in Miranda, Nov. 29, 2015. | Photo: AVN

Published 30 November 2015

The opposition has threatened to flout the country's laws and send in observers without accreditation into polling stations.

One hundred and thirty international observers are set to begin arriving in Venezuela on Monday ahead of the parliamentary elections due to take place on Dec. 6, the head of the country's electoral authority, Tibisay Lucena announced Sunday.

Also due to arrive on Monday is a team of 40 technicians from the UNASUR electoral mission, which is also observing the election.

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Lucena, president of the National Electoral Council, known as the CNE, called on political parties running for parliamentary election to abide by the country's laws and ensure the proper accreditation of their guests.

The head of the opposition coalition, Jesus Torrealba, has said they intend to flout the law and send more observers than are officially allotted.

"Nowhere in the world do people from other countries go inside a polling station without proper accreditation, and Venezuela will be no exception," said Lucena.

Lucena explained that each party is allotted 10 international guests as long as they are accredited. For guests to be authorized, different political organizations have until Dec. 5 to submit the list of names to the CNE.

The former presidents of Spain and Panama have been invited by the CNE to observe the electoral process and will arrive in Venezuela on Tuesday.

Lucena added that 94,873 people, including support technicians and operators, will be working during the electoral process.

 
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