“Ecuador must respect its own Constitution where it speaks about non-interference in the internal affairs of other states,” said Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Wednesday speaking against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela ahead of the country's elections Sunday.
Espinosa defended the principle of non-interference, as well as international law against such practices at a press conference at the end of her meeting with her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.
Espinosa stressed that internal decisions that seek to resolve the crisis in Venezuela are the sole responsibility of the Venezuelan people. “Political paths must be sought through dialogue,” she noted
Espinosa is currently on an official visit to Russia to hold bilateral meetings with officials and businessmen where she will also present Ecuador's catalog of national projects in order to attract investment to the South American country.
Despite outcries from the United States and other Western countries that Venezuela's May 20 general elections will somehow be tainted, or not transparent, the South American country has a longstanding track record, since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1999, of having some of the cleanest, fairest elections in the world. In fact, it is an innovator in electoral technology that guarantees against fraud.
Sandra Oblitas of Venezuela's National Electoral Council, or CNE, announced Tuesday that all materials for this Sunday's general elections, including presidential, have been distributed throughout the country.
Oblitas tweeted that “the integrity of the (voting) process and the transparency of this democratic process” will be guaranteed by the CNE. “The electoral materials have been distributed throughout the country as well as internationally. The voting stations will be installed Friday and Saturday. We're ready for this electoral event.”