The era that preceded Chávez’s 1998 election has echoes of the current predicament of U.S. politics—two major parties with fairly similar agendas took turns managing the country’s governmental institutions while elites controlled the country’s resources. Venezuela’s democracy, like much of Latin America’s, has meant a break with that past.
The U.S. may be an economically and technologically advanced nation, but in the area of elections, could learn a thing or two from Venezuela, argues Antonio Gonzalez, President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.
By Susan Scott and Azadeh Shahshahani – National Lawyers Guild, Oct 12th 2012
The US National Lawyers Guild reports on their experience as part of an official accompaniment delegation to the Venezuelan presidential elections, and reflects on the nature and importance of elections in Venezuela more widely.
Venezuela held elections for two governorships and eleven mayoralties on Sunday. According to the National Electoral Council (CNE), the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won seven mayoralties, one governorship, and 52.6% of the total votes cast.
"If there weren’t so many bureaucratic hands in the State apparatus, stopping resources from reaching the people, we would have overcome extreme poverty." The newly elected MP of the PSUV in Aragua and ex-Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Maria León spoke with Lucha de Clases to draw up a critical balance-sheet of the September 26 elections, the sabotage of the Venezuelan oligarchy and the need for international solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution.
Due to terms expiring, deaths, or abandonment of their position, 1,761,961 Venezuelans and foreign residents will be able to vote in 11 mayoral elections and for the governors of Guarico and Amazonas states on 5 December.
The Venezuelan opposition has begun discussions around its candidate for the 2012 presidential elections, while current president Hugo Chavez has already said he will run again. So far, there have been four nominations of possible candidates for the opposition.
Massive participation in an election simulation that took place last Sunday is evidence that Venezuela is ready to carry out its parliamentary elections this September 26, according to the President of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena.
US policy toward Venezuela has taken many tactical turns, but the objective has been the same: to oust President Chavez, reverse the nationalization of big businesses, abolish the mass community and worker based councils and revert the country into a client-state.