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OAS to Monitor Venezuelan Congressional Elections


The Organization of American States has agreed to oversee Venezuela's upcoming Congressional elections on December 4.

Ruben Perina, the OAS mission chief in Venezuela, said election authorities have agreed to give his organization free access to all necessary information and to the technology that will be used for voting.

Several opposition groups had called for outside observers, arguing that the Venezuelan electoral commission is biased in favor of President Hugo Chavez's ruling party.

Several other opposition parties have called for a boycott of the vote.

Mr. Chavez's party hopes to expand its slim majority in the Congress to two-thirds of the seats. Such an increase would make it easier to pass constitutional reforms.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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