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E.U., U.S. Strike Opposing Tones on Venezuela Election Fairness

  • Europeans say vote better organized than in previous years
  • U.S. Secretary Blinken slammed elections as ‘flawed’
Isabel Santos, head of the E.U. observation mission, in Caracas, Venezuela

Isabel Santos, head of the E.U. observation mission, in Caracas, Venezuela

Photographer: Manaure Quintero/Bloomberg
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Venezuelan elections Sunday were better organized than in previous votes, a European Union observer body said, stopping short of saying whether the event was fair. 

The first E.U. mission to visit the country in 15 years said Venezuela’s electoral authority was more balanced and equipment more advanced than in past elections, while finding cases of violence, abuses of state funds and uneven conditions for candidates and voters. The mission’s head declined to endorse the vote as fair, saying it’s not the mission’s duty to act as an electoral “rubber stamp.”