English | News | 2 abril 2013

Unfair Campaign Conditions mark Presidential Elections in Venezuela (Los Angeles Times)

Venezuelans prepare for April 14 elections under campaign conditions that are neither free nor fair Interim President Nicolas Maduro on Monday raised the curtain on Venezuela’s abbreviated campaign to elect a successor to Hugo Chavez, lavishly praising the late leader during a televised address but promising to tackle escalating crime, perhaps Chavez’s darkest legacy. ... ver más
Analysis | English | 2 abril 2013

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

Lucena's history and habit of refusing to enforce election rules shows clear favoritism for PSUV candidates 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. ... ver más
Analysis | English | Reports | 5 diciembre 2012

Seeking Competitive Elections in Venezuela (analysis, Election Alert #8)

alertaelectoral8a Venezuelans’ historic turnout for the presidential elections of October 7 (80.48% of all registered voters) and acceptance of the results by all parties might indicate that this electoral process was an example for the democratic world. Indeed, the efforts of political parties, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general to achieve the necessary conditions for elections recognized by all parties to be held are laudable and noteworthy. ... ver más
English | Prensa | Reports | 31 octubre 2012

Chávez circumvents the law, turns public media into campaign engine (Council on Hemispheric Affairs)

Source: Christian Science Monitor In another glaring disadvantage, the Arriagada-Woldenberg report has underscored that the greatest weakness to Venezuelan democracy is probably the uneven media coverage being afforded of the candidates. While the law limits campaign advertisement to just three minutes of paid television and radio a day, president Chávez has taken an unfair advantage of the so-called Ley Resorte, which aims to regulate the media coverage of the country’s social services. ... ver más
English | News | 31 octubre 2012

Venezuelan ballots counted honestly, but campaign unfair

Hugo Chávez plays by his own rules in Venezuela elections The ballots may have been counted honestly, but experts say that the campaign as a whole was not fair. “The playing field is not level” in Venezuela because Chávez uses state resources to reward his followers and punish those who vote against him. The president also ramps up social spending in election years to shore up support and hosts a nationally televised show on which he rewards adoring voters for their loyalty with rent-free apartments and free refrigerators. ... ver más
English | News | 29 octubre 2012

Venezuela Election Commission again gives preferential treatment to PSUV candidates

Venezuela Electoral Commission Director Socorro Hernandez As you may or not know, during the audits of the electoral “notebooks” (voter registry or voter rolls) for upcoming Gubernatorial elections, the opposition discovered that 108 voters were moved from one voting center (polling place) to another. In particular, the changes include six candidates for governor selected by President Hugo Chávez (who failed to recognize that these candidates do not reside in the state where they are now running for governor). ... ver más
English | News | Prensa | 29 octubre 2012

Chávez used government media for enormous election advantage (Wall Street Journal)

Chávez violated numerous laws using public resources for his campaign Mr. Chávez launched an effective propaganda campaign telling voters that Mr. Capriles was lying and would take away the programs. Mr. Chávez’s government had some enormous advantages. The Chávez camp used government advertising, as well as programs that all television and radio stations were forced to broadcast by law, to gain a lopsided publicity edge—43 minutes a day compared with three for the Capriles campaign, according to data compiled by a local nongovernmental organization, Monitoreo Ciudadano. ... ver más
English | Prensa | 7 octubre 2012

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Subscribe to Alerts :: Weekly Newsletter Click here to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. Thank you for your interest! We send our newsletter once each week given the high frequency of abuse of power in Venezuela’s 2012 presidential elections. We will never share your email address with other organizations. ... ver más
English | News | The Law | 7 octubre 2012

NGO ‘Citizen Monitoring’ Condemns Hugo Chávez Presidential Campaign Violations (El Universal)

Venezuelan law demands prison time for using public resources to campaign. The organization Citizen Monitoring (Monitoreo Ciudadano) alerts that the Venezuela National System of Public Media is continuously being used by Hugo Chávez for presidential election propaganda and campaigning. ... ver más
English | News | 1 octubre 2012

6 days out, Venezuelan government websites use public funds to support Chávez (images)

Venezuelan Television (government-financed public television, VTV) Although this type of abuse of State resources is nothing new in President Hugo Chávez’ Venezuela, it is particularly striking just six days prior to the nation’s presidential elections. The images below show clear favoritism toward Chávez’ reelection as demonstrated on the websites of nine federal government websites. ... ver más