Guess who's also running?, cont. (Updated)

Reina Sequera is back: You'll get a million dollars! And You Get A Car...
Reina Sequera is back: You’ll get a million dollars! And you’ll get a million dollars! Everybody will get a million dollars!

As you know, I have an obsession with no-hoper candidates in Venezuelan politics, and a slew of them have registered for the April 14th vote. One of them is Reina Sequera of Poder Laboral, who became famous for her looney-tunes proposal to distribute $1 million to every man, woman and child in the country.

She got 70.567 votes in October 7th, in third place. Most of her votes were from Unidad Democrática, a small party that switched its support from Henrique Capriles Radonski to Sequera at the last minute, even if HCR’s face was still on the ballot.

Also in the running is a Christian pastor named Eusebio Méndez, who is representing an evangelical-oriented party named NUVIPA (New Vision For My Country). He’s now part of a chain of evangelical temples called Federation of the Christian Center of the Nations (CCN). No further details about him yet, but you can look his governing platform here.

In the previous election there was another evangelical candidate Luis Reyes Bolivar, who came in fourth. He won’t run but instead he endorsed Nicolás Maduro. Other minor candidates include Fredy Tabarquino (JOVEN), Gonzalo Contreras (Cambio Pana) and Julio Mora (Udemo). 7-O’s last place holder Orlando Chirino won’t be on the ballot.

If there’s no legal objection by the CNE, the final number of contenders will be eight.

UPDATE: The CNE has rejected the candidacy of Gonzalo Contreras (Cambio Pana) because he didn’t present a governing plan (one of the legal requirements to run).


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  1. I know this is OT, but, I find it dangerous that capriles is criticizing devaluation, and potentially, other maduro economic measures, because, sadly, if he gets elected he will have to take not precisely popular measures… he can’t play estado paternalista, f*ck, that’s the problem to start with, he must speak the truth, no matter how unpalatable it is. The goal is not to win in a month only to lose it all by december, but to actually change how things work in this country, and change them for the better.

    • I believe Capriles knows that he will not win the election (its too close to Chavez’s death; expect results similar to those of 7-O) and his strategy is to set up the “I told you so” for when Maduro has to implement a new paquetazo and unpopular economic measures a few months from now. His strategy is not to win 14-A but to get as many votes as he can to show the opposition’s strenght and to raise awareness of the looming economic collapse. Chavistas will listen now and won’t believe him. A few months from now they will say “He was right, Maduro no es Chavez. He betrayed us”.

      I think deep down the opposition knows that they need to divide the chavismo in order to finally bring the government down, and the best way to do so is by dividing their base, which will in turn give a perfect excuse to their already divided leaders to open fire against each other… my opinion.

      • Exactly, well said. In fact, i think it would be disastrous if the opposition would win the elections. Chavez may be dead but Chavismo is not.If the opposition would happen to win , they would only be blamed for all the economic problems that have been postponed. .Populace would accuse Capriles of waging economic war on the poor. that would open the door for some Neo-Chavismo in six years. Let Maduro be at the wheel when the bus goes off the cliff.

        • I don’t want my posts to sound like an apology for defeat, but winning the presidency with the TSJ and AN against, and economic chaos looming, could certainly do more harm than good in the long run. I believe its better to have the whole chavista government collapse first. Things need to get worse before they get better (and yea, we heard this before).

      • The thing now , although few mention it , is to prepare the ground for the parlaimentary elections , which are really important and will come when the worst consequences of the regimes policies will be most noticiable. Seems like a long time to go , but its the next chance of upsetting the regimes cart . These elections should serve to land hard punches at the regimes misdeeds and lies and to help keep the oppo with a live sense of its own force and existence.

        • My thoughts exactly. People need to “taste” Maduro’s government before they can discard it. I believe they will eventually label him a traitor when he is forced to adopt tight economic measures. I think that in the end he will be blamed for a lot of the problems that were generated during the 14 years of Chavez rule, which will only get worse over time.

    • When I heard the speech my impression was that HCR was condemning the fact that Nicolas and company hid behind Chavez and did not assume the responsibility of the decision. It goes with the whole theme “he lied to you”.

    • He can postpone devaluation and try to get the moneys that are “gifts” for other countries and that are being funneled to wrong hands first. He cannot kill “estado paternalista” right away. Whoever gets the “coroto” has it difficult. He must try to fix as he can and little by little refineries’ diminished production. He has to play the “politician role” for as long as he can. He cannot do a CAP. If he does he will get a chavista uprising. “Peeled eye”… es decir OJO PELAO !

  2. Speaking of appalling candidates, Maduro’s speech today was appalling. It was so bad. Long and bad. It will be absolutely clear now to thousands of people who waited “since 4 in the morning” to hear him shout, repeatedly, “disciplina!”, that Chavez el no es. It was like watching a bad cover band. Under normal conditions, Reina Sequera would have better chances.

    • That would be true if it was Maduro vs Capriles. Unfortunately, Chavez endorsed him and that will count heavily on these elections in which Maduro and his goons will juice the people’s emotional connection to Chavez to appalling levels!

      Expect the amendment to bring Chavez to the Panteon to be included in the Presidential ballot, or at least a promise to do this “after we win” to give Maduro a boost.


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