The CNE pulls off a magic trick


Six of Chavismo’s candidates for State governorships in the the 16-D regional elections have something in common beside being chosen via “neurological primary”: they are not residents of the states where they were sent to run.

In fact, they couldn’t vote for themselves in December as the electoral register will be the same one used on the presidential election, which took place earlier this month.

What’s that you say? Those same candidates can NOW vote in their new states. Voilà!

Matter of fact, 108 special reallocations were made to the REP outside of the established legal period. Socorro Hernandez, one of the five CNE heads (and former Chavernment Minister) justified this situation as “an extraordinary case that doesn’t make any impact”. Her attempts to dismiss all criticism makes this recent Capybara article almost prophetic.

But this particular trick wasn’t familiar for fellow CNE board member Vicente Diaz. The MUD is demanding those changes are reverted but that looks unlikely. After all, PSUV candidates (and their buddies) have more rights than the rest of Venezuelan commoners.

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  1. This is a not-only-but-also moment: not only carpetbaggers but also, if successful, pledged to uphold the laws that they themselves will have so egregiously broken. (Ay Mutti, sind wir wiedermal in Wackolandía?) Then again, as they say in Little Puddlington On-The-Marsh, “What’s another stripe for a tiger?
    “The danger is that some hotheads may be tempted to draw ENTIRELY UNJUSTIFIED conclusions from this trivial episode. Any such ruminations should be nipped in the bud; the untutored college professors and ex-ambassadors who may so reflect in public are plainly out of touch with the pulse of the people (where it can be detected as hospitals’ equipment evanesces of itself). A diligent eye must be kept on developments. Sire”.

  2. Well we can only hope after this and the next round of capitalist bourgeois so called “representative democracy”, we get to socialist participated democracy of the communes and workers council then you all will not be the crybabies you are…

    Rojo Rojito


    • Dear Cort, It would be nice if, in order to underpin the robustness of your asseveration, you would mention where you have seen a society such as that you mention in flourishing and vibrant form. Truth be told, such mention would put the kibosh on any further critical comment: you could rest your case once and for all.

      • Poor Cort believes in a world which can only exist if we all believe in it. So when it doesn’t happen, it is not his fault, but the fault of everyone else, because they didn’t believe in it hard enough.

  3. I have been hearing this “we can only hope” nonsense from Communists for the past fifty years. But it never, ever works out. The dreamy-brained ideologues then move on to the next revolution, leaving locals well and truly screwed.

  4. Which reminds me of carpetbagging in the US, which for some reason in the last half century tends to involve the state of New York. Senator Hillary Clinton was a prime example. In reference to another carpetbagging US Senator from the state of New York, Tom Lehrer quipped about Senator Robert Kennedy: “I’m from Massachusetts and I feel we have a certain right to gloat over the other states because Massachusetts is after all the only state with three senators.”


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