NLG Report on Presidential Election in Venezuela

On October 7, 2012, over 80 percent of the Venezuelan electorate turned out to re-elect Hugo Chávez Frias as President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

A delegation from the United States,1 composed of eight NLG members, a Board Member of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and a Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), served as international “accompaniers” to the October 7, 2012 Venezuelan Presidential election. We formed part of a larger international delegation of accompaniers composed of over 240 parliamentarians, electoral commission members, journalists, professors, judges, and representatives of human rights NGOs from across the world.

Our delegation had the opportunity to witness the elections firsthand, and was able to confirm the legitimacy and transparency of the democratic process which led to President Chávez’s reelection. This report briefly summarizes the observations of the NLG delegation and what we believe to be most noteworthy about these elections.