Venezuela: Dialogue and discussion for presidential electoral consensus

The strategy that emerged from the National Assembly (Parliament) in response to the threats and ultimatums of the United States government began last Monday and is expected to continue after the end of the carnivals on February 13 with a unified standard that will first go to the legislative authority. body. .

The proposed document will then be submitted to the National Electoral Council, which, as the Constitution stipulates, is the only legal entity that convenes, organizes and determines the electoral schedule that all Venezuelans must adhere to in accordance with the law.

The various meetings held so far have agreed on the main aspects that express the will and desire of the majority to hold elections in which peaceful coexistence and transparency are the guiding focus of a process that has been generating discontent over the past twenty-five years.

The start of meetings last Monday with more than thirty political organizations and at least nine electoral candidates set the tone by which the principles set by all participants themselves will be defined.

Non-interference by any foreign power or country in the 2024 presidential elections, respect for national sovereignty, electoral guarantees and equal conditions for all candidates are some of the postulates that have already been established.

Parliament Speaker Jorge Rodriguez explained that they agreed during the meeting with the political forces to form a working committee to put in writing the three basic points that should govern the electoral event from a constitutional, legal and political standpoint.

It was announced that representatives from the entire political spectrum of republican life, from the right, the center right, the social democrats, the Christian democrats, and the ruling national pole, Simón Bolívar, attended this invitation.

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One element that the Governing Council of the National Assembly has repeatedly reiterated is that the only entity with the constitutional capacity in the country to call for electoral events and their schedules is the Electoral Branch and its National Council.

President Nicolas Maduro gave the first impetus to the operation when, after meeting with political forces, he announced on his program “Con Maduro +” that it “was completely successful.”

The president indicated that the beginning was good with the participation of the vast majority of presidential candidates, adding that “there are those who do not want there to be elections.”

We humbly know how to win “where and how they are given to us,” the Head of State noted, mentioning the 30 votes retained during the 25 years of revolution, of which the ruling party won 28.

He stressed that in 2024, whether rain, sun or lightning, there will be presidential elections in accordance with what the Constitution of the Republic stipulates and “will not be stopped by name calling, tantrums, or sabotage.”

The head of state wrote on his account on X: “Let us continue to prove that the way is dialogue, agreement and national understanding.”

This week, a diverse representation from the business sector also came to the Federal Legislative Palace, the seat of the meetings, whose special guests were the presidents of the Fedecámaras and Fedeindustrias, the president of the Federation of Venezuelan Industrialists, among others.

The dialogues also extended to workers, academics, social and sectarian movements, intellectuals, and religious organizations, from which proposals and consensuses emerged such as the call for unity, peace, transparency, rejection of sanctions, and respect for freedom of expression for presidential candidates.

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What is important, because of the future repercussions that may ensue, was the statement of the First Vice President of Parliament, Pedro Infante, who affirmed that Venezuela is open to international monitoring, as long as the constitution and laws are respected.

Aside from the various proposals on whether the presidential elections would be held in July or August – as has been proposed – the majority would respect the decision of the National Electoral Commission to choose a suitable date, and would see it as allowing “broad participation of the people.” It's always been like this. 'Permitted'.

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