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In this newsletter, you will find a summary of what is currently happening in Venezuela on this presidential elections
Mayor Carlos Ocariz, of the Sucre Municipality in Eastern Caracas, referred to certain electoral irregularities that have been showing up during the day. Further on his broadcast message, Ocariz exposed a video where a man wearing a red shirt identified with the government party is seen assisting a woman that showed no evident sign of incapability that could justify her need of assistance. The situation on the video is said to have taken place in the Mara Municipality of Zulia State.
He later prompted electoral witnesses not to allow assisted votes unless the person shows clear signs of physical handicap when exercising his right to vote. Regarding illegal propaganda, he accused the governor of the State of Bolivar of broadcasting, on 60 radio stations, a live message showing support for the official candidate.
“We demand that Plan República and the National Electoral Council prevent these types of irregularities from happening” he declared later on his live television broadcast.
In this newsleter, you will find a summary of what is currently happening in Venezuela on this presidential elections
In the following link you will find Venezuela’s Electoral Chronology since 1998 Elections in Venezuela 1998- 2013
- Second Submission. 22st March
After the presidential elections were announced for April 14, the pre-campaign started with great strength and with a different method than in previous presidential elections. Both Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles have repeatedly appeared in the local media, with completely different approaches: Maduro has put great emphasis on claiming himself as Chavez’s successor and Capriles has pointed out the consequences of the first 100 days of Maduro’s ruling from the vice-presidency and from the now in charge presidency also trying to remind people that Venezuelan elections are between Maduro -not Chavez – and Capriles himself.
The candidate Nicolas Maduro, acting in his condition of temporary president, has carry out several acts of government that have been broadcasted in national radio and television, which has been labeled by the opposition as “electoral opportunism“. In several public appearances the government candidate, Maduro, has focused on “consolidating the revolution” and has proposed several solutions to the security situation that now a days the country is dealing with, while the opposition candidate, Capriles, has emphasized his intention to “reverse the economic package” by increasing 40% the minimum wage ,promote the respect for private property, implement education and security plans .
In “Operacion Transparencia” we are concerned with the inexistent regulations of the National Electoral Council regarding the use of state media, radio and television. We are facing a new presidential campaign with unequal conditions for both candidates, representing a evident violation of article 229 of our National Constitution [inserter comunicado]. New campaign, old regulations.
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The elect president Hugo Chávez dies.
Last Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 4:25pm died the President Hugo Chávez, as was announced by the vice-president Nicolás Maduro that evening. On March six, the Venezuelan government announces national duel for 7 days – that would be postponed 7 additional days-, and besides communicates the commemorative acts that would be carried out in the following days. The funereal acts would begin on Wednesday with a trek of his followers that will accompany on the coffin of the president up to the Military Academy, where it was introduced in the funeral chapel.
On Thursday, they opened the doors in order that everyone that wanted to attend would be able to, and finally on Friday, came to term the funeral of State, where more than thirty heads of state of many countries around the world – including the controversial presidents of Iran and Byelorussia-, altogether with the army and Venezuelan public servers, said goodbye to the Latin American leader.
Before the uncertainty created by the death condition, Friday, the eight of March, Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) pronounces the sentence N°141, regarding the article 233 of the Constitution, and clearing out that Nicolás Maduro, vice-president of the Republic, would assume as in charge president until a new electoral process takes place. The sentence was pretty controversial, and many law specialists argue it violated the Venezuelan law code, taking into account that Hugo Chavez never took possession of the presidential charge due his illness, just as stated on article 231 of Venezuelan constitution. So based upon this, Nicolás Maduro was never swore as vice-president and should be the president of the congress – Diosdado Cabello – the one directing the executive power until the coming elections, just as stated on the article 233 of the constitution.
After the funereal acts, it was summoned for an extraordinary session of the National Assembly, in which there would be carried out the swearing-in of the Vice-president for this moment, supported by the judgment N°144. At the above mentioned ceremony there were present the most part deputies of the party-liners, the chief of State of Ecuador Rafael Correa and other diplomats. The President of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello, swore the Vice-president Nicolás Maduro as in charge president, up to new elections to be happening in thirty days, and waiting for the pronouncement of the National Electoral counsel. After Nicolás Maduro had taken the oath, he designated the current Secretary of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza, as new in charge vice-president of the Republic.