By Lizzy Okoji
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has assured the international community of the country’s readiness to conduct credible, free and fair elections on Nov. 21.
Maduro made this known on Thursday in Caracas while addressing the nation and international observers on the level of preparedness for the polls.
He said that the elections would be about good governance and advanced democratisation of Venezuela, adding that the government had put in place all mechanisms to deliver a transparent election.
“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the National Electoral Council has put in place all mechanisms to conduct a transparent and credible elections.
“We have invited the world to come and see this for themselves, because we have always conducted credible elections where the will of the people is recognised.
“This will reflect the advancement of Venezuela’s democracy and good governance.
“All efforts have been put in place throughout the country and I urge all contenders to stick by the rules in order to uphold the democracy of the country,” Maduro said.
The President, however, expressed concerns on what the “negative campaign” by some western countries on the development process and democracy in Venezuela.
This narrative will change as the country will prove to the world that it upholds democratic tenets during the Nov. 21 polls, Moduro stressed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 500 international observers, including delegations from Nigeria, United Nations, European Union, Carter Foundation and Civil Societies, will monitor the elections.(NAN)