|Capriles asking all for Primero Justicia|
But in Venezuela this does not apply because the political aim is for diversity and thus the electoral system is supposedly designed to introduce a dose of proportional representation. This constitutional provision like so many others has been undone. I am not going to go into the details on how this was achieved, plenty of posts exist on this respect. One, for example, was to have a proportion of Representatives at state level elected on a proportional basis guaranteeing that any group with, say, 20% of the vote, will get at least one seat. Furthermore the winner of the district seats were penalized at the level of state wide list seats to make sure minor groups would get a vote in the elected assembly. This has, again, all been undone, the CNE allowing fake political parties and alliances by majority groups to squeeze out minority groups, amen of extensive gerrymandering and what not. Thus now, the opposition has been forced into alliances to make sure that they would at least get a few guys elected while Chavez party PSUV is constantly trying to absorb the fringe left into this fold, through good will or electoral shutting up.
The latest trick of the CNE has been to suddenly introduce a "vote for all" device, colloquially called here "voto entubado", voting through a single drain.... Kind of the US single lever.
|Follow the hand, push once only!|
But there was that pesky thing about making coalitions, bothering political parties control over their subjects. In Venezuela there has been a vigorous tradition of "voto cruzado", where people may well vote for Chavez but a governor from A and a representative from C. And same difference within the opposition, Voting for A at the top but for B and C elsewhere. So now, the CNE obliged chavismo with the "voto entubado" where with a single hit you can vote for all candidates from the same party.
The opposition should have made a scandal about it. After all, in October 7 it was visibly clear who voted for Chavez depending on how far they were bending over the electronic board (appropriately more bending over if you voted for Chavez). Now if they bend over more than once the PSUV agents at voting stations will know for sure that the PSUV dependent/blackmailed voter did not give all of its votes to the PSUV/Chavez.
But no... After a token protest the opposition main parties were fast in the streets promoting to hit a single vote key, Primero Justicia being perhaps the first party to do so, and certainly in Caracas, where I am these days, covering every stick as you can see above.
Now, in a way I cannot reproach that a party tries to get more votes than anyone else: this is the basic objective in normal democracies. But we are not a normal democracy, we are in fact in a dictatorship, a concept that most refuse to come to terms with. My conclusion is that Primero Justicia (and some other participating in this game) are way more interested in being the main party of the opposition than to unseat or defeat Chavez candidates to governor and state legislative assembly.
And to add insult to injury, the dismal reaction of the opposition in general and Capriles in particular after October 7 is forcing them to spend boatloads on posters to convince folks to go and vote December 16. In the pic below you can see next to PJ those "institutional" posters with a vote on 16 D in white letters over red background. They are truly afraid of abstention and they still do not seem to understand the root of their problem, as if posters would be enough...
I am so over Primero Justica and Capriles....
|Guess which is the poster that really has meaning for the driver...|
I am not talking of the trash bag!