Analysis | English | 2 abril 2013

Election Commission President Ignores Campaign Violations while Exhorting Candidates to Play by the Rules

Venezuela Election Commission President Tibisay Lucena

Venezuela Election Commission President Tibisay Lucena

It is really difficult not to get upset watching the lady above, Electoral Board President Tibisay Lucena, come on TV and with that impish grin begin pontificating to the parties and to the candidates to follow the rules and not violate them during the upcoming campaign.

Of course, Lucena said nothing about the military plan to help Chavismo’ party PSUV to get the vote out, which was leaked to candidate Capriles by the same military. She also selectively forgot to talk about the obligatory nationwide addresses by interim-President Maduro to the country during the last two weeks, which are certainly going to continue in the next two weeks. For God’s sake, she event talks about limitations in the number of text messages candidates can send, while the TV station of the “people” campaigns for Maduro 24×7.

And then she calls for “respect”. The same woman […] who allowed so many violations of the same rules. Who has introduced rules into the electoral process to intimidate and delay and who time after time never dared fine Hugo Chávez (and now Maduro) for the continuous violations of the electoral rules.

Lucena's history and habit of refusing to enforce election rules shows clear favoritism for PSUV candidates

Lucena's history and habit of refusing to enforce election rules shows clear favoritism for PSUV candidates

This is the same self-proclaimed “impartial” President of the Electoral Board who showed up at Chávez funeral wearing an armband celebrating Chávez 1992 coup. She is not only partial, she is also indecent and abusive. As simple as that.

I don’t know if Chavismo will ever be unseated in my lifetime, but I do hope that if it ever happens, cynical human rights abusers like Tibisay Lucena are punished in some way. Something simple, something revolutionary and socialist, something she cares about […].

Lucena is one of those [members] of the revolution who backed into her position, lives splendidly off it and regularly abuses her power violating the rights of most Venezuelans, including those Chavistas who truly believe that if they don’t vote for Chavismo, lowlife Lucena will have [them] in one of her [black] lists.

And on April 15th. Jimmy Carter or one of his acolytes will come out and say what a wonderful job she did. I hope the election is really close, only to see Tibisay sweat and manipulate. I wonder if she will burn the Electoral Board papers. I am sure she will try.

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Original blog post at the Devil’s Excrement