Current Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has strongly criticised a leaked document from the country's political opposition, the MUD, (Roundtable of Democratic Unity) which proposes a number of privatisations and the elimination of many of the present government's social programs. The Venezuelan head of state made the comments at a political rally last Sunday in Charallave, in the opposition controlled Miranda state.
From last Saturday through to the end of this month, Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) is operating special information booths throughout the country offering voters a chance to see the electronic voting machines ahead of the presidential vote on October 7.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez described the program of the opposition presidential candidate Henriques Capriles Radonski, running for the right-wing Roundtable for Unity (MUD) coalition, as "an aggression against the Venezuelan people."
Yesterday in an official statement, President Hugo Chavez expressed his “happiness” at the announcement of a general accord between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) which outlines dialogue steps towards ending the “long night of violence” Colombia has been subject to since the 1960s.
Over 10% of Venezuela's 18.9 million registered voters turned out to take part in an election day practice-run on Sunday, which allowed the country's citizens to try out voting machines at electoral centres across the country.
The president of Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, said Tuesday that the signing of an agreement with the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) by which Unasur will send a mission to monitor the presidential elections of 7 October 2012, represents “a giant step for democracy in Latin America”.
An internal document has been leaked to Venezuelan press revealing the economic policy of Venezuela's political opposition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), should they win the presidential elections in October. The plan includes the deregulation of banks, opening up the economy to private investment and the reduction of state funding for public services and communal council projects.
A range of shops and kiosks located on University Avenue, in the centre of Caracas, woke up on Monday to posters that read “this could be expropriated”, part of a propaganda campaign of intimidation by the opposition in the lead up to the 7 October presidential elections.
Venezuela’s presidential election campaign picked up its pace over the weekend, with candidates President Hugo Chavez and Capriles Radonski presenting very different visions of Venezuela’s future development.
The 34,000 employees who work at the Polar Business food production conglomerate in Venezuela have denounced what they describe as a violation of their labour and social rights, and have accused the company of attempting to destabilise the country in the run up to the presidential elections on October 7th.
Over 226,000 Venezuelans were eligible to try out Venezuela’s new electronic voting system yesterday, in a test run of the new electoral machines prior to the country’s national elections in October this year.
The National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced an investigation into cases of state and private media infringement of election rules during Venezuela’s presidential election campaign, while also calling upon opposition candidate Henrique Capriles to stop using national symbols in violation of electoral law.
In his first public statement on his prospective oil policy were he to be elected, opposition candidate Capriles Radonski said that he would put an end to Venezuela’s current preferential oil deals with governments abroad, in favour of spending the revenue from the country’s petroleum industry on domestic “social programs”.
With just over 10 weeks before the realization of the country’s presidential elections, Venezuela’s National Electoral Commission (CNE) is tightening its preparations for October 7 through heightened security measures and high-tech anti-fraud initiatives.
Candidates for the Venezuelan presidential elections signed an agreement drafted by the National Electoral Committee (CNE) on Tuesday, obliging candidates to “respect the laws which regulate the electoral process” and to “recognise the results” announced by the CNE in October.