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VenEconomy: What about the Organic Law on Electoral Processes in Venezuela?

From the Editors of VenEconomy

Nicolás Maduro and his revolutionary wild bunch seem desperate in the wake of an eventual electoral debacle on December 8, the day of a municipal election, since they may have a plebiscitary tone and therefore expose the illegitimacy of the government of Hugo Chávez’s successor.

One of the signs that this may happen is just developing and very slowly. First of all, when the National Electoral Council (CNE) on May 30 of this year set the day to elect the candidates running for 335 mayoral offices, two metropolitan governments, 2,366 councilmen and 69 indigenous spokespersons for December 8, a day when “coincidentally” will be celebrated the last appearance in public of Chávez, the leader of Venezuela’s Castro-communist revolution who passed away on March 5.

With this quite well intentioned “coincidence” in the dates, the CNE is now ready to put on a show on Election Day. It turns out that the country’s Official Gazette on November 4 published this presidential decree No. 541, which establishes that the “Day of Loyalty and Love to the Supreme Commander” will be celebrated every December 8, also encouraging the people of Venezuela to “honor the work of Hugo Chávez with action and thought” and authorizing that public events exalting “the thought of Hugo Chávez and his endless love for his people” take place on that day every year.

And if the decree did not make clear what the electoral and proselytic purposes were by setting that date as a day to loyalty and love to Chávez, Maduro explained it graphically on a national TV and radio broadcast this Tuesday: In the framework to commemorate the first six months of the physical disappearance of Chávez, Maduro, in company of members of the national Castro-communism, including CNE head rector Tibisay Lucena, exclaimed “the only way to ensure an eternal life to the ideas, the spirit and sacrifice from the Commander is to keep the Revolution alive forever, the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela and the Revolution in our Latin America.”

He was crystal clear! So Venezuela must get ready for the celebrations, national TV and radio broadcasts through all the media the Government has at its disposal, caravans, marches and rallies of all kinds at the most convenient venues so it can intimidate people and impose them the mindset and project of Chávez.

And that’s the catch, the malice, the excessive advantage from the Government warned once by Vicente Díaz, the CNE sole independent rector. With this, a series of “inequalities in the conditions for campaigning” found at the April presidential election, according to a report by the Carter Center, will take place with greater strength.

The truth is that with this decree the Government is violating the Organic Law on Electoral Processes, which in its article 131 explicitly prohibits public meetings or events 24 hours before and after the election process.

VenEconomy has been a leading provider of consultancy on financial, political and economic data in Venezuela since 1982.

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