PARTISAN USE OF THE STATE TV SIGNAL
By: Monitoreo Ciudadano/ @yomonitoreo
President Nicolás Maduro abused the signal of the state-owned television channel for a broadcast by the Carabobo Command in support of the election campaign of the pro-government United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). In evidence of this abuse of power through the state-owned media, Maduro began his speech by explaining that, “I am going to take part in the activity of the Victorious Campaign Command, the Triple Victorious, Carabobo Campaign Command.” Maduro used the state television signal to “celebrate” the victories of Hugo Chávez and his political party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
In violation of the Constitution and the Anti-Corruption Act, Maduro accused the opposition of using “the crooked right, the corrupt right-wing that we have, lamentably fascist and corrupt and very crooked in all of its conduct.”
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THE NATIONAL ELECTORAL COUNCIL AT THE SERVICE OF THE PSUV
By: Liderazgo y Visión
The Electoral Register (RE) contains the list of all Venezuelan voters, as well as the polling places to which they are assigned to exercise their right to vote. The register is closed on a certain date prior to each election, according to the schedule established by the National Electoral Council (CNE), so that only those who have registered prior to the date in question will be able to vote. They must do so at the site they selected upon registering to vote, according to their place of residence.
STATE VS. CIVIL SOCIETY
By: Un Estado de Derecho
On January 16, 2013, Abelardo Izaguirre Infante, President of the Accessible Civil Justice Association [Asociación Civil Justicia Accesible], complained to the Public Ministry of the irregularities that took place from the time former President Chávez took leave of his office for health reasons: the delegation of duties to Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s (TSJ) ruling that “a new inauguration” was not necessary for the reelected president, and the statements of the President of the National Assembly to this same effect.
NGO REPORTS: OMBUDSMAN OF THE PEOPLE IS NOT INDEPENDENT
By: Espacio Público
Five non-governmental organizations (CDH-Ucab, Provea, Acsol, Espacio Público, and Civilis), issued a report assessing the performance of the Ombudsman of the People for the 2007–2012 period, based on their experiences in dealing with the institution. Their assessment was guided by the United Nations Paris Principles relating to the status and performance of national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights.
SHORTAGE OF NEWSPRINT JEOPARDIZES CIRCULATION OF REGIONAL NEWSPAPERS
By: Espacio Público
Various media outlets have complained of the shortage of newsprint resulting from the two-month processing delay before the Ministry of Light Industry and Commerce, which issues the certificates of non-national production needed to go before the CADIVI to request dollars for imports.
FIGHTING CORRUPTION OR ATTACKING THE POLITICAL ENEMY
By: Transparencia Venezuela / @nomasguiso
The arrest of nine public servants accused of corruption was made public in May and June of 2013, and received significant attention in the media (annex 1). At the end of July, the administration announced the fight against corruption with forceful speeches and extensive media coverage. Within days, President Nicolás Maduro informed the public that he was declaring a state of emergency against corruption, and that he would request special powers from the National Assembly. Nevertheless, the Office of the Vice President and several ministries have yet to turn in their 2012 report and accounts, procurements continue to be awarded to parties who are hand-picked, and the president is conducting an election campaign with his mayoral candidates on nationally-broadcast mandatory government programming.
NEWS: TSJ REMAINS SILENT ON ELECTORAL MIGRATIONS
Taken from the newspaper El Universal
Silence. That is the response thus far from the Venezuelan Supreme Court (TSJ) to the lawsuit filed last November by Mesa de la Unidad Democrática. The suit challenged the decision made weeks earlier by the National Electoral Council (CNE) to move 108 voters who voted in the December 16 regional elections from their original polling places to others in other states of the country, outside the legal time frame.
CITIZENS´ SECURITY: A PRIORITY FOR THE STATE´S FINANCIAL PLAN?
Up until the year 2012, Venezuelan State´s authorities designed 20 plans and programs to improve the criminal and violent situation in the country, promoting those policies as a humanitarian formula and with great concern for the citizens.
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