On street corners, in subway stations, and in front of small kiosks on
Friday, Venezuelans from different neighborhoods expressed their desire
for peaceful, respectful, and massive participation in this Sunday’s
state and local elections.
As the end of the rainy season is in sight and final preparations are
being made to make the country ready to vote on Sunday, Venezuela has
been inundated with rain, causing nine deaths, mudslides, electricity
failures, road blockages, and flooding.
By James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com, Nov 21st 2008
In the Municipality of Libertador, where the capital city of Mérida state, Venezuela, is located, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) are running separate candidates for mayor in this Sunday's local elections. Venezuelanalysis.com interviewed Fredys Terán, the Communist Party candidate for mayor.
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Nov 21st 2008
As 10,000 young people danced the night away in a concert that was part
of the closing events of the pro-Chavez electoral campaign, they
countered the enduring alienation of capitalism and got sweaty
screaming for socialism. Yet something was lacking, something was still
The Venezuelan gubernatorial and municipal elections, taking place on
November 23 of this year, are the most polarized and significant in the
country's history, which will have a profound impact on the
future political direction of the Chavez government's transition to
socialism as well as on the possibilities of a future referendum
allowing for Chavez' re-election.
As if his post were at
stake, Venezuela's left-wing President Hugo Chávez is showing up all
over the country at election rallies, caravans, public works
inaugurations, nationally televised public events and highly publicised
midnight calls to his party's local offices in remote towns.
Tibisay Lucena, the president of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, confirmed Sunday that voting equipment has been audited and
delivered to all of the 34,662 voting centers across the country in
preparation for this Sunday’s regional and local elections, which are
the first elections in Venezuelan to be 100% automated.
While campaigning in support of candidates for governor and mayor from
the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Venezuelan President
Hugo Chávez has threatened to use military force in several states if
opposition leaders attempt to sabotage the political process during or
after the November 23rd elections.
While on the surface it may appear to be a simple electoral battle, something much different is at stake on November 23. Once
again, the intricate process of the Bolivarian revolution will put its
strengths and weaknesses in play in the form of an electoral contest.
Tibisay Lucena, the president of Venezuela's National Electoral Council
(CNE) announced on Saturday that her institution would be opening an
administrative inquiry into the state TV channel, VTV (Venezuelan TV)
for alleged disrespect of article 16 of the Regulation of Publicity and