At the invitation of the Government of Venezuela, the European Union established a mission to observe the presidential elections there on 3 December 2006.
Monica Frassoni, member of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer.
Overall, the 2006 presidential elections were held in respect of national laws and international standards concerning electoral administration and the electronic voting system. The high turnout and peaceful atmosphere in which they were held, together with the acceptance of results by all those involved, represented significant progress as compared to the 2005 parliamentary elections.
The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.