CARACAS.- On December 6 , more than 19 million Venezuelans will go to the polls to elect 167 National Assembly deputies and thus decide the fate of their nation and its Bolivarian Revolution.
Although all elections are important, these elections, the twentieth to be held in this South American nation since 1999, have taken on a special significance due to increased internal and external assaults against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
According to the country’s authorities and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV in Spanish), the loss of their parliamentary majority in December will result in a serious blow to the revolutionary process started by the former president Hugo Chavez who died in 2013.
They confirm that an Assembly dominated by the opposition would lead to the end of social programs for the most humble sectors of society, which are one of the Revolution’s fundamental foundations.
In order to avert what they describe as an ominous prospect, the Maduro led PSUV and groupings of more than a dozen leftist formations have been posted in order to strengthen the Assembly candidates with the presentation of first class figures and combining this decision with an injection of youthfulness given to their leadership ranks.
Meanwhile, the leadership of their principal opposition in question, the opposing alliance: Table for Democratic Unity is inclined towards assaults aimed at the elections arbiter and hints at their future intention to not recognize election results should they not favor them.
Local political analysts point out that the right wing alliance have their hopes centered on the dissatisfaction of the population, arising from economic difficulties, the root cause of which is the fall in the price of oil, the nation’s principal commodity.
The analysts add that the opposition catalyzes such adverse reactions with a range of assaults on the national economy, among which are the hoarding of essential goods, price speculation, attacks on the national currency, and illegal money exchange transactions.
The Government have termed these hostilities “economic war on the people” to which direct assaults on sensitive electricity system objectives are added.
In parallel to the battle between political forces, the National Electoral Council (CNE in Spanish) is working to ensure that the elections are held in the most transparent and trustworthy atmosphere possible, despite the opposition‘s allegations.
To date, the governing body has carried out a series of tests throughout the process and held a trial run of the elections on October 18.
Amongst other elements, voting machines with their software, options menus, data transmissions, voter identification systems and other goods such as the indelible ink that averts attempts to vote twice, have been checked.
According to the head of the CNE, Tibisay Lucena, Venezuelan elections are not acts of faith, but exercises that are highly verifiable at every stage.
Different organizations using highly skilled technicians have checked each of the phases since February, she added.
The parties have launched their campaigns for the final stage that runs between November 13 and December 6.
Well in advance of this phase, the leftist group, Great Patriotic Pole, commenced a process of door to door campaigning to learn what people needed, for inclusion in the plans driven by the Bolivarian Revolution.
They also promoted the signing of a pledge to respect election results in order to guarantee peace.
Now, close to the opening of the polls, principal concerns stem from the mortal danger that a possible call might have from the right-wing party to violently protest in demonstration of their nonconformity with the verdict, as they have done on previous occasions.Share on FB Share on TT