Checks Held Ahead of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly Dry Run

Source:  TeleSUR
July 15 2017


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Thousands of people gathered at a PSUV rally before the National Constituent Assembly vote dry run in Valencia, July 15, 2017 | Photo: PSUV

Government supporters have been rallying to promote a free, democratic and safe vote.

Venezuela is holding a nationwide dry run vote on Sunday before the election of representatives to the National Constituent Assembly.

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The United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, is carrying out checks on some of the electoral machinery ahead of the ballot at the end of the month.

One of the review activities has been taking place in Valencia, Carabobo state.

Thousands of PSUV supporters gathered in the city’s bullring, along with the party’s Vice President Diosdado Cabello and Héctor Rodríguez, Commander of the Zamora Constituent Campaign 200.


Ensuring that the people exercise their democratic right to vote

During his speech to the crowd, Cabello called for the full weight of the law to be imposed on “those who walk burning people” in reference to the victims of violence during the recent opposition protests.

He also told the crowd that abstentionism would be avoided “by ensuring that the people exercise their democratic right to vote despite any adverse situation or sabotage of the right to be present.”

The National Electoral Council, CNE, is overseeing preparations for the election which is being held on July 30.

Providing instruction on voting protocol and testing election technology

The body will also provide instruction on voting protocol and test election technology at 496 polling stations before of the official poll.

“We will not allow any violent radicalism to hurt the opportunity to express ourselves as the peaceful and democratic people we are,”  Tibisay Lucena, head of the CNE said.

The call for a National Constituent Assembly was made by President Nicolas Maduro on May 1 to help ease ongoing tensions with the right-wing opposition.

The body that will rewrite the country’s 1999 Constitution 

The body that will rewrite the country’s 1999 Constitution will be made up of 545 members, with 364 representing regions and another 181 representing various social sectors — workers, farmers, people with disabilities, students, retirees, the business sector, communes and communal councils.

They will draft a new constitutional text which will be put to a popular vote in Venezuela.

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Opposition leaders are calling for people to vote in their own plebiscite on Sunday, which the CNE regards as illegitimate and non-binding.

Julio Borges, president of the National Assembly, which is currently in contempt of the law, called for the July 16 ballot to consult Venezuelans on three questions: whether they want a constituent assembly or not; whether they want the Armed Forces to support the existing constitution and the decisions of the National Assembly; and whether they want immediate general elections.

Other opposition leaders have described the unconstitutional plebiscite as an opportunity to prepare the ground for blockading the country.

One thought on “Checks Held Ahead of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly Dry Run

  1. There is no doubt that the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela is confronting a political crisis.

    The latter crisis is largely being created by the counterrevolutionary opposition which seeks the overthrow of the elected Maduro government and the end of the anti-imperialist revolution it is forging.

    However, it also seems that another aspect of the evolving crisis is the difficulties of the Maduro government to effectively address some of the consumer shortages of basic foods, soaps, toilet tissue and other household necessities that are being deliberately created by the counterrevolutionary opposition to discredit and sabotage the revolution. It also appears that at least in some limited parts of the country, the counterrevolutionary opposition has taken the streets from the security forces where they have committed horrendous crimes against innocent people. Here too, the Venezuelan government has to provide more assertive security for its citizens against the criminals.

    Unfortunately, the counterrevolutionary opposition who are strident guardians of the local oligarchy and their imperialist masters are intent to see the worsening of the political crisis in two ways. First, they have NO interest in seriously talking to the Maduro government to reduce areas of conflicts such as economic sabotage and to arrive at their peaceful resolutions in the short to medium terms. Secondly, they are aggressively promoting violence in the streets and barrios by burning buildings and killing people including “burning people alive” to deliberately create chaos and the belief nationally and internationally that the Maduro government has lost control over the country and therefore should be removed by any means.

    In this regard, the renegade policeman who (no doubt got help from other counterrevolutionary policemen) to steal a police helicopter from which he fired grenades at the country’s Supreme Court is another manifest example of how invested the coubterrevolutionary opposition is in creating chaos and mayhem in the country. Indeed, the so-called opposition of oligarchs, crazies and elites refuse to even talk to the Maduro government about the pressing challenges of the country and in presenting their own policy solutions of them. Perhaps the reason why they refuse to meet with Maduro is that they have NO solutions to these problems from the people’s perspectives.

    It is equally obvious that perhaps sooner rather than later the Maduro government will have to figure out a set of tactics to find ways of working with those more moderate opposition members with whom they have disagreements but who do not believe in “burning Venezuelans alive.” The latter is probably unlikely but it should be attempted to at least chip away the more moderate opposition members from their violent and aggressive counterrevolutionary leaders.

    The latter is consistent with the attempts of President Maduro’s government to mobilize broad social sectors including the opposition to peacefully resolve the conflicts and ease political tensions within the framework of the proposed Constituent National Assembly.

    No doubt time will tell how these political class battles will be resolved. However, as history has repeatedly shown, the route that revolutionary struggles everywhere show, the outcome of these struggles i.e. whether they are peaceful or violent in nature typically depends not on the revolutionaries but on the political attitudes of the ruling classes to the revolution.

    The struggles to defend the revolution’s gains against poverty, illiteracy, homelessness, diseases and other structural ills of dependent capitalism and imperialism in Venezuela must NEVER be forgotten even as the Revolution currently confronts its political challenges.

    However, those of us who defend the sovereign right of the elected government of President Maduro and the people of Venezuela to determine their future must unapologetically extend our solidarity to the revolution and the peace it seeks to keep advancing the will of the people. Peace

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