The pro-Chavez United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 72% of
the governorships in the November 23, 2008 elections and 58% of the
popular vote, dumbfounding the predictions of most of the
pro-capitalist pollsters and the vast majority of the mass media who
favored the opposition.
After the results of the regional elections came out, winning
candidates of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)
committed to strengthening socialism in their states, while winning
opposition candidates emphasized security and said they want to work
with the national government.
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Nov 24th 2008
Observing the electoral process in Venezuela revealed a country that is
losing the apathy that is common at such elections, and as many voters
said, gaining a sense of responsibility to participate politically.
President Hugo Chavez’s governing party, the United Socialist Party of
Venezuela (PSUV) got mixed results in the regional and local elections
today, winning strongly in 17 out of 23 states, but losing the country’s two most
populous states and the Capital District of Caracas, with two more
states still to be decided.
By James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com, Nov 23rd 2008
There is a unique local context in every state and municipality where
the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) and the United Socialist Party
of Venezuela (PSUV) are running separate candidates in this Sunday’s
regional and local elections, and each instance bears particular
implications for the future path of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.
recent years, media coverage of Venezuelan
elections has been misleading, repeating claims made by opponents of
the democratically elected government of Hugo Chávez. This
briefing outlines some key facts concerning the forthcoming election,
previous elections, and the Venezuelan government's democratic mandate.
Participating parties ended their campaigns for the November 23
regional elections on Thursday, many marking the day with large marches
and rallies that were mostly drenched by rain. Beginning with Friday
morning at 6am, all electoral propaganda, including TV and radio, was
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.