Signed, Sealed and Delivered

The Signatures to request the launch of a recall procedure are in CNE's hands. It's a funny sort of democracy where you have to stalk around a warehouse in the dead of night to exercise a basic constitutional right, wouldn't you say?

What a place for Constitutional high drama, huh?

Early this morning, MUD delivered 80 boxes with 200,000 forms and 1.85 million pre-organized, sorted, serialized and scanned signatures to the CNE, where they were officially received. That’s nearly 10 times the number needed to launch the recall procedure.


In a remarkable bit of creative problem solving, MUD saved itself the certain-shitshow involved with trying to deliver the signatures to CNE’s main downtown headquarters in Plaza Caracas, by delivering them instead to their logistical hub in Fila de Mariche, well away from the cameras and chavista extremist groups who would surely have met them with violence.

The handover launches a five day period for CNE to advance to the next step, according to CNE’s own regulations. 

It’s a funny kind of democracy when you need to stalk around at night to exercise the rights listed in the constitution, huh?

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  1. Stranger than fiction, never was magical realism so unreal, and so non magical. Quizás es como se contará la historia algún día en nuestra tierra querida, donde el absurdo es rey.

    • Better the caption on the cover of “Esquire”, under a smiling Nixon, during his impeachment process–“Why Is This Man Smiling?”

    • With this criminal government what can you expect….fairness, democracy? There will never be a peaceful departure for these thugs.

  2. Yeah, kind of funny, it’s called a dictatorship.

    Not that I’m against the recall, MUD’s still treating Maduro and the hardcore chavistas as human beings offering them a clean, peaceful exit of this mess.

    Maduro, Dioscapo and the rest of their minions think that people with sociopathic streaks like a huge part of Venezuelans are going to quietly sit there enduring all their mockery and stomping until they die (Which is precisely what chavismo would desire the most, to harrass the rest of Venezuela until they all die)

  3. Hard to imagine that a President who says he will never be driven from office will ever let this referendum see the light of day. Expect delays, shenanigans, basically whatever they want to do to stall this thing in the water. Perhaps the most they can hope for is for Maduro to be fully exposed as hugely unpopular, but the world doesn’t seem to be doing much. What happened to the democratic Charter and all that? The inaction is killing everyone by the inch.

  4. That’s great, but without pressure, the CNE will do as it pleases, i.e. wait until 30 to validate the signatures. If they’re allowed to do this, they’ll be allowed to stretch the rules to the government’s convenience even more, and we’ll be doomed.

    • They will wait 30 days to start the validation process, which of course will take something like 5 months to complete, after which they will say there are not enough valid signatures for whatever reason they invent. Then another 3 months fighting about this, and then, well… time is up…

      I don’t know why people have any hope about this. The opposition won’t even be allowed to get to the step were they have to collect the 20% of signatures. It is way to easy to delay this thing as much as they want.

      • Gotta take them where we find them. Thinking there’s no hope against a faltering regime is pretty much abandoning the concept of recovery, which is still a possibility.

        People have hope in this, because thinking that it can’t be achieved is pointless. Either we seek stability, institutionality and regime change, or be sink deeper and darker than we imagine. This government holds the country, that’s a fact, but it need not keep being that way, at all. Where’s the sense in believing that we’ll fail?

        Demonstrations have been happening all over the country (Literally) for quite a few months now. They’ve become widespread now with power rationing. Whatever needs to happen, we’d be better off trying to make it happen rather than sitting around thinking of inescapable catastrohpe.


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