22 sept. 2012

Jimmy Carter: The election process in Venezuela is the world's best

20 Septiembre 2012, 04:39 PM

The former U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, said that after more than 90 monitored elections in various countries can be said that "the electoral process in Venezuela is the world's best."

During the annual roundtable discussion of the Carter Center, a foundation chaired by the former president, the politician praised Venezuela for having an electronic voting system that also casts a physical ballot and facilitates the verification of results relates a story published in the portal site of Global Atlanta.

Since 2008, the Venezuelan electoral platform operates fully automated, ie each process, from registration to the Registrar of Voters to the counting of the votes, is auditable.

In 2006, when President Hugo Chavez won his second presidential elections, Carter stated that the Venezuelan leader had won "fairly and impartially".

Corruption in the U.S.

The Democrats stressed that while electoral systems in Latin America have improved significantly, in the United States has become a "financial corruption" tied to the electoral processes, fueled by "resolutions that have facilitated the flow of private money into the coffers of candidates ".

"Any other country has public financing for all elections," said Carter, then added: "If you qualify as a candidate to launch, you get public funding and money from outside does not affect the outcome of the election."

The former US President (1977-1981) led the petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a measure, taken in 2010, which declared unconstitutional regulation by the government of the anonymous "donations" to political organizations.

"We have one of the world's worst electoral process and it practically is because of the excessive inflow of money," he said.

In the Venezuelan case, the law on political parties, public meetings and demonstrations dictates as a duty of political organizations "Not to accept donations or grants from public entities, whether autonomous or not, nor foreign companies headquartered abroad , nor from public works concessionaires or for any State property service, foreign states and foreign political organizations. "

Recently an alleged illegal funding scandal shook the ranks of the Venezuelan right wing coalition called Democratic Unity Board (MUD) after it was broadcast a video in which the opposition's deputy, Juan Carlos Caldera, receives money for the presidential campaign of Henrique Capriles.