The National Assembly ratified the integral political route proposed to the country that will allow the prompt holding of free and transparent presidential elections, as a way out of the generalized crisis and that will produce the re-institutionalization of democracy in Venezuela.
In an ordinary digital session held on Tuesday, June 30th, the legislative body approved an agreement that recognizes the need to reintegrate all branches of the National Public Power and rescue the true institutional counterweight as defined by the Bolivarian Constitution of Venezuela.
It reaffirmed the support to the proposed Political Agreement and the integral political route made by this parliament and President (e) Juan Gerardo Guaidó, which contains the call for a free, fair and transparent presidential electoral process.
The document establishes as conditions the reestablishment of the right to vote for all Venezuelans, inside and outside the country, for which it proposes to have a reliable and audited Electoral Registry. As well as guaranteeing that the vote is free, without coercion or intimidation. Prohibiting the migration of voters from their natural polling stations.
It demands the cessation of disqualifications, prosecution and imprisonment of political leaders and the full restoration of their rights to political participation and that of all political parties, the restoration of their natural leadership and the use of their symbols, colors and property.
They propose a new legitimate Electoral Power, appointed by the National Assembly, in exercise of its constitutional powers, and thus have an electoral timetable that guarantees the right to vote and the corresponding periods of time. An equitable electoral campaign and the adequate behavior of the Plan República, respecting the electoral process and prohibiting any intervention outside the protection of the electoral act.
It contemplates an audit of all the processes of the electoral system, as well as qualified national and international electoral observation in all the stages of the process.
It calls upon the international community to increase pressure against Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship, to cease its usurpation of functions, and to refrain from interfering in the functioning of independent political parties in the interest of the restoration of democracy in Venezuela and the rule of law.
It is stated that the restoration of democracy can only be achieved through the holding of fair, free and transparent elections, with an independent CNE and an impartial TSJ, and with independent international observation.
Through this document, a call was made to the FAN, churches, universities and all organizations, unions and groups involved in political life in the country to support the content of the agreement as a political, constitutional, peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis that the country is currently experiencing.
The document, approved unanimously, will be sent to the international community for its diffusion and consideration. In addition to publicizing this agreement, so that Venezuelans are aware of its contents.
Omar Barboza, from Zulia State, began the debate on this agreement and said that it is planned to hold two elections as provided for in the Constitution: the presidential election, which has not been held because the one on May 20th, 2018 was a mock election, and the parliamentary elections, which are pending.
“Hence we must prepare to hold the two elections mentioned, together or separately, but in order to be considered free, fair and verifiable elections, they must meet several conditions. Restoration of the right to vote for all Venezuelans, including those who have had to emigrate, and that we have a reliable Electoral Registry”
The agreement also proposed the guarantee of the exercise of the free vote, without coercion or intimidation, prohibition of migration of voters from their natural polling stations. Cessation of the disqualification and prosecution of political leaders, and restoration of their rights to political participation. As well as an independent CNE, composed of citizens appointed by the National Assembly in accordance with the Constitution and the law.
The Zulia parliamentarian also considered that electoral campaigns should be equitable, with equal access to public and private media, prohibition of official channels and the use of public money and goods to favor any candidate.
“The Plan República must respect the electoral process, limiting itself to the protection of the act of voting. Is necessary the audit of all the processes of the Electoral System, of the machines and of the System for the Automated Process. There must qualified national and international electoral observation at all stages of the process.”
State Representative from Lara Macario Gonzalez said that the deputies and democratic parties are not abstentionists, that they will not play the role of “useful fools” because they will not play the regime’s game.
“What they want is that in December, with a huge fraud, they legitimize the Cuban regime that they intend to continue imposing on Venezuelans, the same which has the country in a terrible economic and social crisis that keeps 9.3 million Venezuelans in critical poverty and on edge as a result of the pandemic, because there is no health system to care for the people,” said the Lara Deputy.
He agrees to carry out a transparent and legitimate electoral process to get rid of this regime and the crisis. “They gave a blow to the lamp and by means of the illegal TSJ a CNE was designated to support the regime, except for Rafael Simón Jiménez, who will play the role of a ‘pendejo’ (fool)”.
He calls for a transparent electoral process to re-institutionalize the country, but not with this CNE that has been set up, which is unreliable and will not guarantee a fair electoral process: “We want an electoral registry that includes the diaspora that displaced the Venezuelans, where the dead are removed, the new voters are included, and the entire electoral process can be audited.”
Lara State Representative Oneiber Peraza, stressed that it was not the deputies of the National Assembly and the democratic political parties that refused to participate in an election, it is the regime that through the illegal TSJ has designated a CNE to comply with the illegal requirements that will allow them to remain in power.
“It is that CNE that steals the initials of each of the political organizations that oppose Maduro, because they are with democracy and the country, to put people who can be managed by the regime. It is to continue with Operation Scorpion”.
He said that what the deputies and democratic political parties want is for the Venezuelan people to be able to trust that their vote will be respected, that the elections in which they participate will be transparent and the rules of the game clear. “That is precisely what this regime wants to avoid, that the people express themselves freely.”
William Dávila, a deputy from the state of Mérida, emphasized that this debate revolves around the resolution of June 26th, 2020 of the OAS Permanent Council where 21 countries completely rejected the illegal designation of a CNE by an illegal Supreme Court.
“That resolution condemns the systematic conduct of Nicolás Maduro, for ignoring the functions established by law as the competencies of the legislative power represented by the National Assembly. It also condemns the intervention of political parties such as AD, PJ, UNT and the threats to the rest of the political organizations”.
He stated that this international resolution once again recognizes that the only interlocutor of the Venezuelan people is this opposition represented by interim President Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly. Furthermore, it calls for the urgent need to establish a national emergency government.
The debate was concluded by the deputy for the state of Bolivar Angel Medina, president of the Special Commission on Electoral Nominations, who pointed out that it is necessary to re-establish the vote as a tool for political, social and economic change in the country.
“For this power to be effective, we must have clear electoral rules that doesn’t allow the over-representation of minorities, nor to have what today we have that is an over-representation of the majorities, that the vote be the living expression of the Venezuelan people.
He indicated that all verification processes should be reinforced, and consider those that have been abruptly removed during the last electoral processes and all the technical conditions that allow the system to be reliable.
“It is important the international observation, before, during, and after the electoral process, and that it can be submitted to all the verifications that are subject in the international field to provide confidence to all Venezuelans.”
Likewise, he proposed that full political rights be guaranteed, that is, elections without political prisoners, nor disqualified people, exiles, persecuted people, or the political violence they face in Venezuela.