Venezuela Launches Twitter Peace Campaign for Upcoming Election

Source:  TeleSUR
29 October 2015

Yo firmo por la paz: I sign for peace

After the 2013 presidential election, the opposition refused to accept Maduro’s victory over their candidate and led a campaign of violence in which at least nine people were killed and 16 injured.

maduro for peace in elections 2015

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro presents the peace agreement. | Photo: teleSUR

The government of Venezuela launched a Twitter campaign Thursday under the slogan, “Yo firmo por la paz,” or I sign for peace, which is aimed at promoting a peaceful environment ahead the upcoming Dec. 6 parliamentary elections.

The initiative, promoted by President Nicolas Maduro, urges all Venezuelans to respect the electoral process during the election day, in a move to prevent right-wing destabilization attempts during or after the elections.

The head of the electoral campaign of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, said at a press conference that the signature collection is due to an agreement reached by Maduro and the National Electoral Council.

However, the opposition MUD party has maintained its position of previous years, advocating for a boycott of the agreement and refusing to sign it.

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Rodriguez invited all citizens to participate in a “Tuitazo,” or a Twitter marathon, in which users can support the government’s efforts under the hashtag #YoFirmoPorLaPaz (#ISignForPeace).

“We are going in peace to the elections and we will respect the results, whatever they are,” Rodriguez said.

I sign for peace

The Bolivarian People sends a message the world I sign for peace, let’s all sing together in the defense of the homeland!

We go forward with our President Nicolas Maduro, I sign for peace.

During the 2013 presidential election, the opposition refused to accept President Maduro’s victory over their presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles, who accused the CNE of fraud. Although the accusations were dismissed by international election observers, like the Union of South American Nations, opposition members led a campaign of violence in which at least nine people were killed and 16 injured.

The last electoral tragedy has led the government to further promote debate and take measures to promote peace so all sides will respect the results.

Source:  Venezuela Launches Twitter Peace Campaign for Upcoming Election  TeleSUR

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