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
By Federico Fuentes - Green Left Weekly, Nov 3rd 2008
“On November 23, we will not just be voting
for this or that governorship, we will be deciding the destiny of this
revolutionary process”, says Stalin Perez Borges, a national coordinator of
the National Union of Workers (UNT) and United Socialist Party of
Venezuela (PSUV) militant.
Many of the candidates of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela
(PSUV) in the upcoming state and local elections are traitors to the
revolution who lack truly socialist values, according to Venezuelan
National Assembly Deputy Luis Tascón, a leftist known for criticizing
the "right-wing within" the Bolivarian Revolution.
The uniformity of the collapse of Latin American
economies raises important questions about the changes and claims of
independence, decoupling and post-liberal models, which many regime leaders,
ideologues and progressive US-European Latin American writers made over the
past several years.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez declared that he intends to have the
governor of oil-rich Zulia state, Manuel Rosales, convicted and sent to
prison for corruption, drug-trafficking, links to paramilitary death
squads, and plotting to assassinate him.