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AN ALTERNATE VIEW: Some international observers blocked in Venezuela, others not, but why?

Those favoring US meddling in Venezuela claim the nation's 2018 elections were flawed, corrupt, illegal or unfair. You have seen and heard that repeatedly in national news reports: Here’s what you may not have heard yet:

I. The elections were overseen by Venezuela's National Electoral Council, with poll workers drafted via a lottery of registered voters.
II. Polling places were equipped with multiple high-tech touch-screen DRE voting machines. After the vote is cast, each machine prints out a paper ballot, or VVPAT, which is inspected by the voter and deposited in a ballot box belonging to the machine's table.
III. Unlike America's hackable system, the voting machines performed in a stand-alone fashion, disconnected from any network until the polls close.
IV. Voting session closure at each of the voting stations in a given polling center is determined either by the lack of further voters after the lines have emptied, or by the hour, at the discretion of the president of the voting table.
V. After the Agreement of Electoral Guarantees was signed on 1 March by the political parties Great Patriotic Pole, Movimiento al Socialismo, Avanzada Progresista, and COPEI, the United Nations was asked, with a formal invitation and visit by the main candidates or their representatives, to send a delegation to monitor the election.
V. The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) opposed UN electoral observation in Venezuela. (You may recall that these are the same folk who later claimed the elections invalid.)
VI. In the end, the UN refused to send a mission. (MUD is coalition of Venezuelan political parties in opposition to President Hugo Chávez's United Socialist Party of Venezuela and, of course, to Maduro as well.)
VII. The Carter Center turned down Maduro's invitation to send an observation team on election day, as did other election observing institutions.
VIII. The election was mainly observed by allies of the Venezuelan government after many international bodies decided not to, claiming that there were no democratic guarantees in the country.  (I am not finding explanations of why they felt this was the case. It is just stated as fact without the supporting evidence. Maybe a reader has more information.) 
IX. The United Nations declined the invitation to monitor the election after members of the opposition asked the UN not to send observers.
X. On 23 March 2018 a United Nations official informed (Venezuela) that the organization would not offer electoral assistance in the elections, without explaining the motives.

It seems clear that some observers agreed to oversee Venezuela's 2018 elections (countries including China, South Africa, Cuba, Iran, Egypt, Russia, Syria, Turkey and others recognized the election result) while other inspection teams refused, saying the democratic processes "could not be guaranteed," but why, and who is telling the truth about that? Those sending teams were mostly socialist nations, and those refusing were from the NATO block (nations that are supporting wars around the globe, many of them undeclared.

Many news reports just assume the answers, assume who the good guys and theb bad guys are. Is anyone really digging into the politics and international intrigue going on behind the scenes in Venezuela from a non-ideological perspective? Who is offering more than opinions or foregoing conclusions? Please don't reply with simplistic assumptions, or say that Venezuela's in a financial catastrophe (We all know that). And please keep it short and to the point. (If you try to bury me under mountains of documents, I will simply delete.) Otherwise, please feel free to talk back ... with verifiable facts that will change my mind, please.

Note to critics: 
I am well aware that some people will attack any article based upon the source: Wikipedia. If you are one of those, please be aware that your protests do not phase me one bit unless you can find flaws in the claimed facts themselves. If you have a better source that can can correct the arguments with facts, and with data rather than mere opinions, I am more than pleased to hear out those facts. Please, however, don't bore me with unverifiable agpropanda as "proof" that the Wikileaks source is incorrect. FEL
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