CARACAS – A commission of Chavista lawmakers asked the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice, or TSJ, to declare illegal any act or decision of its legislature, the National Assembly, for having sworn in three indigenous opposition legislators who had been suspended for alleged electoral fraud.
“We have introduced into both the Electoral Chamber and the Constitutional Chamber the request that yesterday’s measures or any measures taken by an illegally constituted National Assembly be declared illegal,” Chavista legislator Hector Rodriguez told reporters.
The head of ruling party legislators also said they are requesting an evaluation of “the responsibilities” of the speaker of the legislature, opposition lawmaker Henry Ramos Allup, “for these illegal acts,” in reference to Thursday’s session when the three indigenous lawmakers were sworn in.
Rodriguez believes that what the speaker did on Thursday by admitting three suspended opposition legislators was “contempt for the constitution” because, he said, the legislators sworn in had committed the crime of committing “fraud” in the legislative elections.
“It is a notorious, publicly known fact that in the Dec. 6 elections in Amazonas state, electoral crimes were committed, as we have repeatedly shown,” Rodriguez said.
The three indigenous opposition lawmakers suspended by the TSJ – Julio Ygarza, Nirma Guarulla and Romel Guzamana – rejoined the National Assembly on Thursday despite being barred from doing so, which could lead to the entire legislature being declared in contempt of the high court.
The suspension of elected lawmakers representing Indians in the southern part of the country – three opposition members and one Chavista – was ordered in late December by the Electoral Chamber of the TSJ as a precautionary measure while the alleged irregularities in the election were being investigated.