Venezuela : Statement by the High Representative on the latest electoral decisions

 03.07.2023 EEAS Press Team

The European Union has worked with Venezuelan and international partners for a peaceful and democratic Venezuelan-led solution to end the long-lasting political and social crisis. Credible, transparent and inclusive presidential elections in 2024 are a key part to that solution. 

In this context, the EU expresses its deep concern with the decisions intended to prevent members of the opposition from exercising their core political rights, as has been the case of María Corina Machado and other political figures.  These decisions undermine democracy and the rule of law and will only deepen the longstanding political and social crisis in Venezuela.–1R4c

The European Union recalls the 23 recommendations of the 2021 EU Electoral Observation Mission, where a priority recommendation is “to abolish the Comptroller General’s prerogative to strip citizens of their fundamental right to stand for election through an administrative procedure and without a timely notification, which negatively impacts on the right to defence.” We stress once again the importance of making full use of these recommendations to improve electoral conditions in Venezuela.