Whenever anything dramatic happens, one this is for certain, you can first expect a massive flurry of propaganda from the corporate media.
Here’s the latest morsel of propaganda, this time from the good folks at AFP:
“Unlike in past elections, there were no European Union or Organization of American States election monitors” (source)
Now, to be fair, the AFP article does point out that despite the lack of EU or OAS observers, ‘international observers invited by the government’ have overseen the referendum, but this is stated as if it is a consolation prize.
From this article, one would get the impression that there was only hand-picked, minimal election oversight from the international community.
In fact, the truth of the matter is radically different.
100 observers from Antigua and Barbuda, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Spain, The United States, The Philippines, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Holland, Honduras, England, Italy, Mali, Namibia, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Switzerland, Surinam and Uruguay were present to oversee the election results. (sources here and here).