Publicado el 10-13-2012
Step by step, the Venezuelan electoral process is being analyzed that ended with a huge victory – albeit not that huge – of Lt. Col. Hugo Chávez. It is interesting to analyze all the discrepancies in detail, because extremely significant irregularities are being found or confirmed on behalf of the winning candidate.
As everyone may remember, much earlier than could be imagined, the opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles, telephoned Chávez – just as candidates do in the United States – to congratulate him on his victory. Many in Venezuela considered that it was premature to congratulate Chávez so early and sort of give him a diploma for his victory.
It is a fact, regardless of what the real numbers might be in the Venezuelan election, that almost half of those who voted did so in favor of the opposition candidate. In other words, Venezuela and the world know that in the country there are millions of citizens who went to the polls too opposed Chávez, even if he had a majority of the votes.
On December 16th Venezuela will hold regional elections to elect the governors of the twenty-four states in the country. Of those twenty-four states, seven have opposition governors that are running for reelection. On his part, Capriles is running for Governor of Estado Miranda, which he gave up to run for the presidency. Certainly, Capriles represents a high percentage of the will of the people of Venezuela. There are no reasons to doubt that he will win to be Governor of Estado Miranda on December 16th. And if he wins, hopefully he will continue to be a national leader in line with the way in which he participates in the life not only of Estado Miranda but of all Venezuelans. This participation has to be reasonably useful in the measure in which Capriles acts prudently and his partisans, especially the leaders of his party, know how to secure their political position to check, as much as possible, the dictatorial characteristics of Lt. Col. Hugo Chávez.
Chávez, although having a significant opposition in Venezuela, proved that he controls an important segment of the national electorate.