Chávez Spends More Than 10 Hours On-Air For Campaign
According to Delsa Solórzano, Candidate for the Latin American Parliament from the Political Party Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was on air for 10 hours yesterday to promote his Political Party. The complaint was made by the Candidate on Thursday to the National Electoral Council (CNE), showing videos as evidence of the time the President was on air.
According to Solórzano, the President broadcasted a speech in all Venezuelean media during three hours, while the sum of its advertising guidelines in time exceeded four hours. She added it was illegal to make use of the logos of his Political Party, Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV). “This is illegal, unconstitutional, it violates Article 19 of Regulation 6 of the Suffrage Act which forbids that information concerning the work of Government, official speeches and messages may not contain electoral advertising signs” the candidate said today.
The accusation made by Solórzano occurs in an environment of confrontation between the opposition and the Government, who will compete in National Legislative Elections in Venezuela in 2010 which will be carried out September 26, where more than 17 million Venezuelans will go to elect a new Congress. The candidate condemned the prohibitions set by the CNE to her party (MUD), since they were forbidden to use their logo.
“The candidates are so bad they have to show Hugo Chávez with the PSUV logo in the back to support them” Solórzano said, while the Principal of the Electoral Power, Vicente Diaz, said that on the CSE ”There is no real willingness to submit to control the activities of the President of the Republic”, adding that “there is a tradition concerning the President” indicating the absence of a provision for submission to control, and despite Chávez said he would stop using the jacket with the national flag at party events, and wouldn’t support his candidates in Official Acts, he continues to do so without being punished, while people from the media, governors, and mayors have indeed been punished.
The objective of Chávez is to get at least two thirds of the total of 165 seats in Congress, in order to continue his work after 11 years in office. According to surveys, there would be a tie between the ruling party and the opposition, or a small advantage for the Government. The pollster GIS XXI, which is close to the Government, said that the PSUV will get between 50.6% and 54.6% of the vote, getting “110 deputies out of 165, thanks to the proportional system in force.”
‘It smells like 2012. The winds announce the 2012 hurricanes, when presidential elections will go again for the next six years” said Chávez, who is sure that their candidates win the elections on September 26.
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