As I mentioned in my earlier article on Saturday, it is encouraging that the Head of the Supreme Court has strong views about the recall referendum, because it is clear that Chavez’ MVR will use all possible legal tricks to block it form taking place. There was another clear indication of this from today’s statements in El Nacional page A-5 by Deputy Pedro Carreno. Carreno-famous for saying the US Government spies on us through Direct TV set tops, as well as saying Peruvian spymaster Montesinos was dead six months before he was caught in Venezuela-pointed out how absurd they might get in their arguments to block the referendum. What Carreno said needed answered, was who was eligible to vote in this referendum. In the brilliant interpretation of this not so beautiful mind, it is not clear (to him) whether it has to be only those that were eligible to vote when Chavez was elected or whether it would include the new voters. He wants to raise this issue because the Constitution says that for the recall referendum to take effect the number of votes approving the recall has to be at least one vote more vote than the number with which the candidate was elected. Now, Deputy Carreno says in the same article that the official MVR position will be encourage absenteeism, because this, together with traditional absenteeism will play in their favor. Well, I am not sure I understand this argument. If only pro-Chavez voters will not go to the polls, the number of Yes votes will actually remain the same. By encouraging absenteeism, they may be encouraging a landslide vote against the President, not the best foundation for a possible future comeback of the only visible leader of MVR. In fact, even if the opposition did not manage to get the magic number of votes, which seems highly unlikely, if Chavez lost resoundly, it would simple remove any mandate that he may claim he had before the referendum.
I sure hope the Supreme Court, who has become skilful at ruling outside the realm of the suits presented to them, uses a single one of any possible suits to clarify all these questions unambiguously.