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IFES 2014 Democracy Awards Dinner: Maria Corina Machado Acceptance Message


The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) honored Venezuelan opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado with its 2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award. Machado has been the target of numerous unproven accusations by the Venezuelan government and death threats since calling on citizens to publically demonstrate against President Nicolas Maduro. She is banned from leaving Venezuela and sent a video message featured at the dinner discussing the importance of citizen confidence in voting and democratic processes.