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Venezuelan Vote Marred by Government Interference: Carter Center

  • Opposition faced an ‘Uneven Playing Field’ Carter Center says
  • Venezuela held regional and municipal elections on Nov. 21
Nicolas Maduro at a polling station after voting in Fuerte Tiuna in Caracas, on Nov. 21.

Nicolas Maduro at a polling station after voting in Fuerte Tiuna in Caracas, on Nov. 21.

Photographer: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Venezuela’s recent elections were marked by unfairness and political repression, but in a positive change from recent years, they did allow greater participation for the opposition, Jimmy Carter’s Carter Center wrote in a report.

While the opposition got more votes, the ruling party won most of the available positions amid low turnout and voter apathy following years of economic decline under President Nicolas Maduro and his ruling PSUV party. Concessions to the opposition allowed it greater representation at this vote, but the background of political repression and restrictions on freedom of expression and participation created an uneven playing field, the Carter Center wrote in its preliminary report.