Publicado el 10-02-2012
Expectancy Before the
Elections in Venezuela
There is reasonable concern in the whole continent with respect to the elections that will be held in Venezuela on Sunday, October 7, 2012. This concern is serious and is fully justified because it is a fact that in Venezuela democracy has been banished for many years and that it has a dictatorial ruler.
Very painful for the Venezuelans is the situation of their country’s institutional life. It is painful because – we repeat- democratic life does not function there as it should, far from it.
Henrique Capriles, the opposition candidate running against Chávez, has significantly mobilized public opinion in the country and shown considerable electoral power. Demonstrations in different places around the country prove that Capriles’ prestige is undeniable and he is seen as a winner in the October 7 election. Of course, there is serious concern because of the way in which Hugo Chávez governs, which does not inspire any trust in having free elections.
After many years of the Chávez dictatorial government, this is the first time that there will be an election of these characteristics, with a single opposition candidate who has shown considerable political force.
Not only the Venezuelans are vividly interested in these elections, but also – as we said before – there is great interest in the whole continent in the outcome of these elections which are considered significant for the democratic life of the region. And it is said of the region because Chávez has created an international alliance known as the Bolivarian Alternative for America and the Caribbean (ALBA) which is simply an invention for socializing the member countries and to counter the influence of the United States of America.
The people of Venezuela are facing a historic election that hopefully will be decisive for democracy and will prevent electoral fraud.