Venezuelan here rough translation from google.
Illegitimate why? dismantling the lies with 10 truths.
Could this question have been asked by those who affirm that Nicolás Maduro is a dictator, an usurper and that the period 2019-2025 lacks legitimacy? Or do they just repeat what they hear?
The 12 countries meeting in Lima began to position this opinion matrix. The statement read: "… the electoral process carried out in Venezuela on May 20, 2018 lacks legitimacy because it did not have the participation of all Venezuelan political actors, nor the presence of independent international observers, nor the international guarantees and standards necessary for a free, fair and transparent process. "
The leaders of the Venezuelan opposition, we refer to the non-democratic one, repeat without rest, and of course without argument, that Maduro is an usurper.
In an act of despair, the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence to be forced to personally call the opposition march for January 23, due to the incompetence of the opposition leadership, insisted and repeated that President Nicolás Maduro is a dictator , usurper and illegitimate.
The strategy is clear, repeat the lie a thousand times to make it true.
Let's disassemble the lie:
1. There were presidential elections. They were held on May 20, 2018, that is, before January 10, 2019, at which time in accordance with articles 230 and 231 of the Constitution expires the 2013-2019 presidential term. The Constitution was being violated if the elections had been held after January 10, 2019, or even worse, if they had not taken place.
2. It was the Venezuelan opposition that requested the advance of the elections. They were held in May and not December, as was traditionally the case, because it was the opposition that requested, within the framework of the dialogue in the Dominican Republic, that they take place in the first quarter of 2018.
3. In Venezuela, the vote is a right, it is not a duty. Those who freely, although influenced by some non-democratic political organizations that called for abstention, decided not to attend the vote are in their full right, but absolutely doers not illegitimate the electoral process, even more so when that would imply ignoring and disrespecting the 9,389 .056 that if they decided to vote and exercised their right to vote democratically.
4. 16 political parties participated in the electoral contest (PSUV), (MSV), (Tupamaro), (UPV), (Podemos), (PPT), (ORA), (MPAC), (MEP), (PCV), (AP), (MAS) (Copei) Hope for Change, (UPP89). In Venezuela it is not obligatory for all political parties to participate in the electoral processes. They are fully entitled to decide whether or not to participate. Precisely because our system is democratic. The fact that 3 parties (AD, VP and PJ) freely decided not to participate, does not illegitimate the electoral process.
5. 6 candidates were nominated: Nicolás Maduro, Henri Falcón, Javier Bertucci, Reinaldo Quijada, Francisco Visconti Osorio and Luis Alejandro Ratti (the last two decided to retire).
6. Maduro won with a wide margin, obtained 6,248,864 votes, 67.84%; Henri Falcón followed with 1.927.958, 20.93%; Javier Bertucci with 1,015,895, 10.82% and Reinaldo Quijada who obtained 36,246 votes, 0.39% of the total. The difference between Maduro and Falcón was 46.91 percentage points.
7. Some 150 people accompanied the electoral process, including 14 electoral commissions from 8 countries; 2 electoral technical missions; 18 journalists from different parts of the world; 1 Europarlamentario and 1 technical-electoral delegation of the Central Electoral of Russia.
8. The elections were held with the same electoral system used in the December 2015 parliamentary elections, in which the Venezuelan opposition won. System that is automated and subjected to audits before, during and after the elections. System that guarantees the principles of "one elector, one vote" because only with the fingerprint is the voting machine unlocked; and guarantees the "secret of the vote".
9. 18 audits were performed on the automated system. The representatives of the candidate Henri Falcón participated in the 18 and signed the minutes in which they express their agreement with the electoral system. The audits are public and televised live on the channel of the National Electoral Council. Once the audits are done, the system is blocked and the only way to access it again is with the simultaneous introduction of the secret codes that each political organization has.
10. None of the candidates who participated in the electoral process contested the results. There is no evidence of fraud, they did not present any evidence or specific complaint of fraud.