Venezuelans who want to live in democracy have an appointment this Sunday with a referendum called by the opposition-controlled Parliament (aka National Assembly) early this month.
This represents a golden opportunity to ratify that the majority of citizens in this country wants to solve the serious political crisis that Venezuela is going through in a peaceful, democratic and electoral way. This referendum is a step towards that direction.
The adverse reactions generated among members of the Government, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and the National Electoral Council (CNE) are a demonstration of the democratic turnaround that such referendum has for the nation. This is no time to make an extensive legal analysis on the same. What matters in this case is its strength as a political tool.
A massive citizen participation, which we have absolutely no doubt about, will be another blow to the dictatorial aspirations of Nicolás Maduro and his people.
Within the reactions from the Government that of Socorro Hernández, one of the PSUV members that make up the board of directors of the CNE, caught our attention. She assures that the referendum is not legal.
But if there is a body that has worked hard for the absence of legality in Venezuela is the CNE, which was supposed to call for governor elections last year – and those of mayor are about to suffer the same fate – and did everything in its power to prevent an act as legal as a presidential recall referendum last year.
Another one "doing the math" was Jorge Rodríguez, the Mayor of the Libertador Municipality in Caracas and senior leader of the PSUV, who said that only 3.3% of the electoral register would vote in the referendum, which no doubt is a projection of what the Government will be getting for its own Constituent Assembly election on July 30, as citizens keep getting multiple threats so they go vote in an election that is completely illegal.
The third of them is the ineffable Pedro Carreño.
This man is urging the Supreme Court to reject the referendum.
We are not going to question the legal skills of this outstanding PSUV lawmaker, but we reiterate what we said at the beginning of this editorial: the important thing about this referendum on Sunday is its political aspect –and that is what really drives them mad. It is for this reason that they appeal to a legality they care very little about, as they have been showing all these years.
It is necessary to concentrate all efforts on ensuring that the participation of Venezuelans in the referendum called by the Opposition is massive, that there are no doubts about the way they want to turn the page on this tragedy known as "madurocabellismo," the latest version of chavismo. It must be demonstrated that the vast majority want to participate in electoral processes in which each vote has the same value. We have no doubt that the referendum will be a major success. Let us hope that the Government makes a correct assessment of the facts.