The four militants of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) that make up the board of directors of the National Electoral Council (CNE) are blindly following the orders from the Miraflores presidential palace to put up all kinds of obstacles for the democratic sectors of the country in their participation during regional elections with a ten-month delay – if held in October of this year.
The early regional elections set for October of this year seek to make things complicated for the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) opposition coalition to select its democratic unitary candidates. And to make things even more complicated, the country’s electoral body has reduced the periods required for registration, modification and withdrawal of candidates. The beating that the PSUV may take is making the Government become very creative to encourage the withdrawal of the democratic sectors from the elections.
Other electoral traps will come from the illegal and spurious National Constituent Assembly (ANC). Some ideas have not yet materialized but they have them at hand in their portfolio of abuses and outrages, something the PSUV will never lack.
Another demonstration that defeat is painted all over their faces is the decision not to elect the members that make up the legislative councils of each state.
The PSUV intends to retain the majority achieved in 2012 to control and blackmail the governors to be elected this year.
While the MUD cannot prevent both the CNE and ANC from putting up all the obstacles they feel like, it can take measures to enhance the triumph it almost has in its hands when citizens go out and cast their votes.
The first thing to do is find mechanisms, formulas, and ways to achieve candidates in each of the 23 governorates in dispute. Some consensus has already been made, and that is the direction the MUD should go, because unity is one of the main pillars of triumph. The other pillar is to break up with voter abstention. The lack of unity plus abstention can easily give several governorates to the dictatorship.
We understand that a good part of the electorate is disappointed, that voting makes no sense anymore, that citizens keep asking themselves what good does it do to vote for mayors, lawmakers and governors who will be unknown by the regime of Nicolás Maduro in the long run. What they will be doing in the end is to clear the way for the PSUV to take all the governorates. By not going to vote, it won’t even need to cheat and will also be getting 23 governorates.
They claim that a dictatorship will not come to an end through votes, which sometimes is true, but in some cases rulers have had to leave power thanks to the vote. Let us recall the examples of Chile, Peru and Nicaragua. It would be the best way to do it.
In addition to the fact that the Opposition is strong in that field as discredit, rejection and repudiation towards the regime of Maduro continues to grow each day.
Let us hope that the leaders of the MUD sit down and talk among themselves so they can achieve the necessary agreements to select unitary candidates and that also design a campaign to convince reluctant voters.
The fraud of the ANC elected on July 30 and which of the two political sectors is a majority will be demonstrated.