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Maduro repeats the pattern of calling elections before the electoral body


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The newly appointed National Electoral Council (CNE) has not yet had time to debut and Nicolás Maduro is already coming forward to call the elections, without mentioning if they will be regional or presidential, thus repeating the pattern of calling elections at their convenience, above the constitutional prerogatives of the electoral body.

Last Sunday, without being able to resist, he announced on Mother’s Day: «We have a CNE, from the point of view of its institutional framework, very strong, with members of great professional prestige and who represent the great diversity of the country. Now, we are going to elections, and may whoever has the votes of the people win. This is democracy. Together is the Thing! “Said Maduro on Twitter.

The authoritarian measure of advancing the elections at his convenience began with the late Hugo Chávez when, dying from his terminal cancer, he called in October 2012, two months before the established date, the presidential elections to be reelected for the third time.

As his heir, Maduro has followed in the footsteps of his galactic commander. In 2018 he convened a National Constituent Assembly unconstitutionally and illegally. In May 2019, six months ahead of schedule, he called presidential candidates for re-election for the second time. The elections were fraudulent, so his government has not been recognized either by the opposition or by the majority of the international community.

A week ago, the Chavista regime appointed the five main rectors and ten alternates of the electoral body, three Chavistas (Pedro Calzadilla, Alexis Corredor Pérez and Tania D’Amelio) and two opponents (Roberto Picón and Enrique Márquez), which has generated a strong controversy both inside and outside Venezuela.

Pedro Calzadilla He was appointed president of the CNE and has been a minister in both Chávez and Maduro’s cabinet. And Corredor and D’Amelio have also been responsible for the electoral body while the two opponents are at a disadvantage. Their incorporation does not guarantee the impartiality, transparency and restructuring that the CNE should have.

The defenders and detractors of the Chavista CNE made the word “el paso” fashionable, which represents the appointment of the new electoral referee with two opponents within the board, as if that were a sign of balance and impartiality.

In addition to Maduro, the vice president Delcy Rodriguez He also praised “the diversity” of the members of the new CNE as “the first step” for the consolidation of the institutions under the dictatorial regime.

Historian Elias Pino Iturrieta points out in his article in La Gran Aldea that “for some, the appointment of a new CNE by the Chavista National Assembly is a new trap of the dictatorship, while others consider that the gate has been opened for the return of popular sovereignty ».

For better or for worse, everyone talks about the “step” that the regime has taken with the diverse CNE. Even the
European Community

points out that it is a step, but insufficient. Washington prefers to leave the last word to Venezuelans, although it will continue to pressure Caracas to comply with the 5 conditions for the recognition of the opposition parties, their disqualified leaders, the release of political prisoners, the cessation of persecution and censorship. to the media and NGOs.

María Corina Machado, on the CNE: it is “a step into the abyss, to the definitive surrender and to give up this fight”

On the side of the Venezuelan opposition majority, the position is of rejection of the new CNE because it is illegitimate. It does not recognize it because it should have been appointed by the legitimate National Assembly, chaired by Juan Guaidó, who qualifies it as a step towards disaster and the division of citizens. The OAS is also in favor of rejecting the Chavista CNE.

María Corina Machado also rejects the CNE by pointing out that it is “a step into the abyss, to the definitive surrender and to give up this fight”, for this reason she warns that they do not count on her and her party, Vente Venezuela. And it coincides with Mitzy Capriles, wife of former mayor Antonio Ledezma, who points out from Madrid that it is a step backwards.

Be that as it may, taking one step forward and two steps back, the CNE represents a double step that favors the regime. The rejection of the electoral body has managed to unite two opposing sectors of the opposition such as María Corina and Juan Guaidó.

But the goal of other opposition sectors such as Henrique Capriles, the exiled deputy Américo De Grazia and the Chavista dissidents such as Nicmer Evans’ Marea Socialista, by supporting this first step of the CNE is to prepare for the presidential recall referendum that would begin to be activated next year. , at the end of the middle of the second presidential term of the usurper Maduro.

At heart, Maduro controls the new CNE and will use it to wash his dictatorial image in the face of the package of legislative laws to attract investment and private local and foreign capital and thus recover the battered oil industry, clinging to power, analysts say.

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