Venezuela is preparing for regional elections on November 21, in what will be the second electoral process in which Chavismo will be separated into two platforms at the national level: Grande Polo Patriotico (GPP), led by the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSuv). ), and the Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APR).
The GPP has already managed to register all its applicants. APR, on the other hand, had one of its main candidacies challenged by the National Electoral Council (CNE). Eduardo Samán (Partido Patria Para Todos – PPT) intended to be a candidate for mayor of Caracas by the APR, but, with little time left to close the application deadline, it was reported that his application had problems.
The ticket tries to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Justice. The appeal had to be answered within 48 hours, but until the beginning of the morning of Friday (17) there was still no return.
Two CNE directors said that the disqualification of the APR’s candidacy was “irregular”.
I share the communication from the rector @rpiconh on new disabilities in the wake of the 21N, and I scribble their concern: the discretionary use of the sanction accessory of disability for the exercise of public office, breaking the political rights of ciudadanos. https://t.co/1Mhvk1awQJ
— Enrique Márquez (@ENRIQUEMARQUEZP) September 13, 2021
There were cases of politically disqualified right-wing politicians who could run for office, cases of Tomás Guanipa (First Justice), candidate for mayor of Caracas, and José Manuel Olivares, who runs for the Vargas state government for the table of Democratic Unity (MUD) .
The deadline for changing the names of the nominations is September 22nd.
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This is the second time that Samán seeks to dispute the mayor of the capital. In 2017, he also had problems with his registration, but managed to run for election. “At that time they blocked me in all state media,” he reports.
Eduardo Samán is a pharmacist and professor. In 2009, he was Minister of Commerce during the administration of former President Hugo Chávez. He was affiliated with Psuv until 2017, when he joined the PPT.
O Brazil in fact spoke with the politician in Caracas about the upcoming elections and the political future of the dispute in Venezuela.
Brasil de Fato: How was the process of challenging your candidacy? What were the irregularities presented by the Electoral Power?
The National Electoral Council had five days to challenge my registration. With 40 minutes to go before the deadline, they called the APR inspector to communicate that they had denied my candidacy. If we didn’t indicate another name, we would immediately run out of candidacy for the mayor of Caracas. That’s why we had to mobilize ourselves to enroll someone else to reserve the spot.
That day I tried to access the public voter system and my registration appeared as disabled, even to vote. The next day, this warning disappeared from the system.
The application period ended and I was never notified of the opening of any administrative process at the Comptroller General of the Republic or by the Supreme Court of Justice. The Controllership website is out of date since 2017.
On September 5th, we sent a letter to the National Electoral Council asking what the problems of my candidacy were, and it was never answered.
I don’t know the exact reason. There is speculation that the reason would be the lack of an affidavit of assets, something I did and recently published the shipping certificate on my social networks. The only thing they communicated to the APR representative is that I am disabled.
Is there another way you intend to appeal?
We could turn to the Constitutional Room and the Electoral Room of the National Electoral Council (CNE). However, I cannot defend myself, as I was not even formally notified.
Note that the deans who question the decision are right-wing deans, who do it for an ethical reason.
I believe that now they will send us to fetch a series of documents and in the best case they will allow our candidacy when the deadline for my name to appear in the ballot box passes. But in that case my inscription would have no meaning. I’m already preparing for this position to be taken over by someone else.
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How do you expect the APR elections to be?
For me there is an onslaught against APR. For example, the APR requested representation at the dialogue table (which takes place in Mexico, between government and opposition), but there was no response. On the contrary, they don’t want to sit down to dialogue because they don’t want to recognize the popular strength we have.
This conduct of the team that runs the government is surprising. We are not only surprised by these actions of establishing a dialogue with the right and rejecting the left, but also the economic policies.
There are the Special Economic Zones that do not recognize labor achievements or problems with wages. The minimum wage covers 0.4% of the basic food basket. The judicialization of the relationship with workers and union members is also very serious.
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Based on your reading, what is the path for groups that identify themselves as “popular and revolutionary”?
The path is the accumulation of forces and pressure from international movements, which defend socialism, anti-imperialism, on the government to rectify this policy.
Not with an intervention character, but as solidarity, so that the government stops the judicialization of the left leaders and also the discredit against Venezuelan communist leaders.
Edition: Arturo Hartmann