INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS: “THE REFERENDUM FOR THE INDEPENDENCE OF VENETO WAS FREE, VALID, DEMOCRATIC AND LEGITIMATE”
In Venice, on the 28th of March 2015, the Commission of International Observers has delivered to Plebiscito.eu the Final Report on the Referendum, held in Veneto from the 16th to the 21st of March 2014. Gianluca Busato states: “The plebiscitarian majority for the independence of Veneto, now is politically binding. We will move to the international level. “
[Venice,30th of March 2015] – On the 28th of March 2015, in the beautiful setting of the Fireplace room at Ca ‘Vendramin-Calergi in Venice, a new page of history has been written: the International Observers Commission (IOC) delivered the Final Report on the referendum for the independence of Veneto, held from the 16th to the 21st of March 2014, confirming the overwhelming victory of Yes with 89,1% of over 2,3 million votes in favour of the independence of Veneto.
The event, introduced and moderated by prof. Romano Toppan, saw the contributions from the IOC, chaired by the former Ambassador of Georgia in Italy, dr. Beglar Davit Tavartkiladze and the President of the Organizing Committee of the Referendum, Plebiscito.eu, dr. eng. Gianluca Busato. After the end of the ceremony, the IOC was saluted with a thanksgiving cocktail and musical farewell in the adjacent Regia room.
The IOC, comprising observers from different nations of the world (including the United States, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Syria, Moldova, Georgia, Czech Republic) and representatives of an arc of plural political orientations, has been selected by the president of the Commission (invited by the Organising Committee for the purpose of the referendum), according to the principles laid down by the EU Commission Communication 191 on assistance and monitoring during the elections.
Among the appointments within the Commission, we quote some senior figures, including: Dr. George Kurdadze (Georgia, Transatlantic Studies Center, NATO Project), Dr. George Chikovani (USA, Founder member and Director of the Board Conflict Management International Institute Corp., Harvard Project), Dr. Franco Barion (Italy), Dr. Valekh Shakhverdiev (Ukraine), Dr. Khyzir Ugurchiev (Russian Federation), Dr. Najwa Zerik (Syria), Dr. Sergey Dedanin (Czech Republic ), Dr. Zviadi Tsaguriya (USA). Some observers have had to resign during the course of the operations because of other working abroad reasons or health problems: Dr. John Stancarone (Italy) and Dr. Robert De Jong, Netherlands).
The Final Report of the IOC is composed of a long relationship which has analyzed every step of the referendum:
- the introduction explained how the referendum had come to be announced and how the IOC was made up, in accordance with the principles of the international organizations in the field of elections and referendum;
- the recognition of the legal basis of the referendum;
- the analysis of the voters’ database;
- the citizens’ code to vote generation procedure;
- the technical features of the platform;
- the reliability of the data;
- the analysis of the preparatory stages of the referendum;
- its voting procedure;
- the verification of the results;
- a punctual analysis of any irregularity or difficulty that could had affected the validity of the vote, confirming the final vote of more than 2.3 millions of Venetians with voting right, of which the 89.10% voted “Yes” for the independence.
The conclusions are summarized as follows:
It was found that the votes were carried out under a responsible and transparent method and that the voting system provided a real choice to the voter.
The elections have been conducted in a free environment: voters have been able to express a preference, free and far away from any intimidation, violence or administrative interference.
It was ensured the secrecy of the vote, except for limited cases of persons who were unable to cast their own vote electronically without assistance.
In addition, the vote count was honest, without the possibility of alteration, and the proclamation of the vote was timely.
The observers were free to check, directly and indirectly, all the stages of the voting process before, during and after the referendum.
The IOC, analyzing all the elements above, finds out that the Referendum for the Independence of Veneto, which took place from the 16th until the 21stof March 2014, was held according to the principles required by the international organizations and, in particular, the principles of the CSCE/OCSE Document of the Copenhagen Meeting of the 26th of June 1990.
The IOC considers that the use of electronic voting in a controlled environment, such as the Internet, provides greater security and secrecy than what the conventional systems may do and that the telematics procedure of this Referendum is innovative, since it minimizes the possibility of electoral fraud.
The IOC considers that the minor irregularities and some difficulties before and during the vote can be minimized through the creation of a permanent federal structure, in order to better organize the process of e-voting.
The IOC President invited its members to meet in Venice, in order to discuss the recommendations of the Final Report, on the 27th and 28th of March 2015.
Venice, 28th of March 2015″
The Final Report of the IOC, after his presentation to the press by its President, was then signed by the international observers present in the majority and delivered to the President of the Organizing Committee of the Referendum, Plebiscito.eu, mr. Gianluca Busato, who has so commented: “The IOC, in accordance with the provisions of the international law, confirms the free and democratic expression of popular sovereignty of the Venetian People in favour of the independence of the Venetian Federal Republic, with a voting majority which is ‘plebiscitarian’ and unequivocal. Today the referendum for the independence of Veneto officially becomes an institutional and politically binding fact “.
“Plebiscito.eu thanked the IOC for its high professional and ideal practice that allowed the Venetian People to exercise and see recognized its right to self-determination, in accordance with the principles, standards and procedures prescribed by the international law.”
‘We can assume as definitively ceased all the needs to carry out any other institutional verification of the will of the Venetian People, because every other attempt to play a new regional referendum would be useless, harmful and disrespectful of the already certified popular sovereignty. Now officially starts a phase of relationships together with all the states and the international organizations towards the recognition of the independence of the Venetian Republic”