The Venezuelan non-profit civil association, SÚMATE, warned that participating in the parliamentary elections proposed by Nicolas Maduro’s regime, within the illegal conditions dictated by the dictatorship, will worsen the political conflict in Venezuela.
It also urged the National Electoral Council (CNE) and the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), to rectify their decisions beyond the bounds of the Constitution.
“We urge the CNE and the TSJ to rectify their actions and submit to the rule of the Constitution of the Republic, which requires the organization and administration of electoral processes for the renewal of political representation in which the participation of all sectors of society is guaranteed with total freedom and equity,” the association said in a statement.
SÚMATE explained that only with rectification and compliance with the law will Venezuelans trust to exercise their right to vote and elect a new parliament.
“Only in this way will these electoral processes enjoy the trust of citizens and the national and international legitimacy necessary to contribute to the solution of the serious problems that Venezuelan society is going through,” the statement said.
SÚMATE recalled some of the dictatorship’s illegal actions that “cloud the climate of transparency of the Parliamentary Elections”:
⁃ The designation of the five rectors and 10 substitutes of the CNE’s board of directors by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice.
⁃ The imposition of one of the two judges appointed as rectors by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court as president of the CNE board of directors.
⁃ The usurpation of the legislative competence of the National Assembly by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.
⁃ The dismissal of the national leaderships of the political parties Acción Democrática (AD), Primero Justicia (PJ) and Voluntad Popular (VP).
⁃ The unconstitutional approval of the “Special Norms for the Elections to the National Assembly Period 2021-2026” by the board of directors of the CNE.
⁃ The illegal creation of 48 parliamentary seats based on a “National Allocation List”.
The organization called for continued efforts to restore fair electoral conditions that would allow for transparent and democratic elections. In addition, demanded that it be respected the right to elect, to be elected and to vote without intimidation or coercion.
“It is necessary for the CNE to give broad guarantees associated with the result of the election to translate into the effective exercise of political power that is transferred to the elected authorities through the vote,” the organization concluded.