Con­gress fai­led to na­me elec­to­ral au­tho­ri­ties

Ve­ne­zu­e­la’s Su­pre­me Court:

Times of Suriname - - SHOWBIZZ -

VE­NE­ZU­E­LA ­ Ve­ne­zu­e­la’s govern­ment-friend­ly Su­pre­me Court on Fri­day said the op­po­si­ti­on-held con­gress had not na­med rec­tors to the South Ame­ri­can coun­try’s elec­to­ral au­tho­ri­ty in ti­me, a mo­ve den­oun­ced by the op­po­si­ti­on as an at­tempt to de­rail elec­ti­on plans.

The court de­cla­red the Na­ti­o­nal As­sem­bly’s de­ci­si­ons null and void short­ly af­ter the op­po­si­ti­on won con­trol of the bo­dy in la­te 2015. With new le­gis­la­ti­ve elec­ti­ons due by the end of this year, the de­ci­si­on mar­ked a set­back to ef­forts bet­ween the two si­des to agree on con­di­ti­ons for the vo­te.

Most main­stream op­po­si­ti­on par­ties boy­cot­ted the pre­si­den­ti­al elec­ti­on in 2018, due to con­cerns Pre­si­dent Ni­co­las Ma­du­ro had laid the ground­work to rig the vo­te. He ea­si­ly won re-elec­ti­on amid re­la­ti­ve­ly low vo­ter tur­nout and ac­cu­sa­ti­ons of ir­re­gu­la­ri­ties, which he de­nies.

The Su­pre­me Court’s ru­ling, in a ca­se ca­me brought by par­ties seen as clo­se to the govern­ment, com­plai­ned that the con­gress had not na­med the au­tho­ri­ties in ti­me. The court did not gi­ve a ti­me­li­ne for hea­ring the ca­se.

“To­day’s events ob­struct the de­sig­na­ti­on of the CNE”, said Ju­an Pa­blo Gu­a­ni­pa, an op­po­si­ti­on law­ma­ker and vice pre­si­dent of the Na­ti­o­nal As­sem­bly, using the Spa­nish ab­bre­vi­a­ti­on for the Na­ti­o­nal Elec­to­ral Coun­cil. “They are trying to na­me a CNE that will wor­sen the pro­blems.”

A loss of con­trol of the Na­ti­o­nal As­sem­bly by the op­po­si­ti­on could com­pli­ca­te the stan­ding of Ju­an Gu­ai­do, the Na­ti­o­nal As­sem­bly pre­si­dent who is re­cog­ni­zed as Ve­ne­zu­e­la’s le­gi­ti­ma­te pre­si­dent by do­zens of coun­tries, in­clu­ding the Uni­ted Sta­tes and most Wes­tern de­mo­cra­cies.

Gu­ai­do in­vo­ked the con­sti­tu­ti­on to as­su­me the role of in­te­rim pre­si­dent last Ja­nu­a­ry, a claim that was ba­sed on his po­si­ti­on as lea­der of the le­gis­la­ti­ve bo­dy. (Reuters)

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