Regarding the Dec. 1 World article “Fair vote or ‘foul play’?”:
While the opposition believes that the Organization of American States is the only possible election referee, there are many others. Venezuela welcomes international electoral accompaniment missions, which are in many ways more rigorous than OAS oversight. We had full international observation until 2006, yet the opposition still called fraud on votes.
There is no real possibility of electoral fraud. The system is one of the most watertight in the world, recognized as such by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter. Twenty audits are carried out in front of witnesses from all parties. In fact, the opposition even asks the electoral council to oversee its primaries.
The article said President Nicolás Maduro has “offered few assurances to those looking for signs that the government is ready to compromise with the opposition.” In fact, he has repeatedly affirmed he will respect the results and signed an agreement to do so. We have recognized the results of all 19 national elections held under the United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s watch, including those we lost.
Maximilien Arvelaiz, Washington
The writer is the Venezuelan ambassador-designate to the United States.