On 6 December, Venezuelans will go to the polls to elect a new National Assembly at a pivotal moment in the country's history. This election is important not only for Venezuela, but for the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean as well.
With 64 per cent of voters distrusting the electoral authorities, the question of transparency and fairness will be paramount. This forthcoming report from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and the Universidad Católica Andres Bello (UCAB), which is the result of a recent assessment mission by 14 experts—seven international and seven Venezuelan—analyzes both the technical aspects of Venezuela's electoral system and the broader context of this election. Including the implications for Venezuelan democracy and for regional and global responses to challenges to democratic governance in Latin America.
What: A Presentation of the International IDEA-Universidad Católica Andrés Bello Report on the 2015 Venezuelan Parliamentary Elections
When: Thursday, 19 November, 9:30 - 11:00 am Inter-American Dialogue
Where: 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC
- Benigno Alarcón, Director of the Political Studies Center, UCAB
- Torquato Jardim, former Justice, Supreme Electoral Court of Brazil and member, International IDEA-UCAB mission in Venezuela
- Kevin Casas-Zamora, Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue
- Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, International IDEA
- Cynthia Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center
- Harold Trinkunas, Director, Latin America Initiative, Brookings Institution
Joint event with Brookings Institution, Inter-American Dialogue and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars