Supreme Court asks to repeat vote and names losing Chavista candidate to fill the position

February 24, 2010

The Venezuelan Supreme Court reached this week another one of its bizarre and revolutionary decisions, when it ruled that the vote for Mayor of the Sucre municipality of Zulia State had to be redone, because the elected Mayor owed the municipality money (about $300 dollars at Bs. 4.3 per $) at the time of the election.  And in its infinite wisdom, the Supreme Court decided to name as interim Mayor, the loser in the election, who coincidentally happens to be a member of Chavez PSUV party.

The Mayor, the brother of Omar Barboza of Un Nuevo Tiempo, had rented his home and the owner of the house had failed to pay municipal taxes. Thus, the elected mayor was supposedly not solvent with the municipality as required by law to be a candidate, despite the fact that he did present a certification when he registered to run that HE did not personally owe any taxes.

Thus, in all of its wisdom the Supreme Court not only removes Barboza and names the losing party to the position, but bans Barboza from running for the next four years (Convenient, no?). The argument was that the loser was Mayor before the election, but it was not his party that won, thus reason, logic and common sense would say that to satisfy the wishes of the voters, the Mayor should have come from the winning party and not from the Chavista losing party.

Thus, as usual, even when the opposition wins, it loses, when the Chavez-controlled-dominated-intimidated Venezuela Supreme Court rules according to his wishes and not the law.

There is no rule of law, just the rule of Chavez as the OAS report clearly states.

9 Responses to “Supreme Court asks to repeat vote and names losing Chavista candidate to fill the position”

  1. Roberto Says:

    Miguel: on an unrelated note, have you seen this site with pics of Planta Centro and the mess they have in there. Unbelievable.
    Great blog, those of us out of Venezuela treasure your wit and superb writing sklls.

  2. aldolfo Says:

    There will be a new election once the debts are paid. 68% support for H.C. says a lot.

  3. deananash Says:

    If the people are willing to sacrifice, then the oppo could organize a separate “voting” initiative whereas each person willing to say that they voted for someone other than Chavez would register and have that vote counted by an independent organization. But then, what’s the point. To “prove” that there was cheating? Even if it was proven, who would take action based on that?

    I still argue that the best strategy is to simply bring the entire country to a standstill. No work. No shopping. No nothing. Until Chavez leaves. After 11+ years, he’s more than struck out and proven himself to be less than a man. An honorable one, anyway.

  4. Douglas Says:

    Completely agree with Deanna, deananash and dillis. Participation in elections is only good as part of an ulterior strategy.

  5. dillis Says:

    I agree with deananash, why would Chavez go via the ballot box when he attempted a golpe estado?! Not going to happen. The only way is for the barrios to turn on him or someone close to him get lucky.

    By all means vote on Sept 26th and in 2012 for your conscience, but don’t be surprised when you see the ‘result’

  6. deananash Says:

    Which is why I’ve been insisting ALL these years that playing the electoral “game” is nothing but a waste of time. Which it is. Chavez will never “lose”.

    I REPEAT: Chavez will never leave power via the ballot box. Never. Ever.

  7. Deanna Says:

    This is only one case out of many that will soon be coming up before the 26 September elections. I’m sure they’ll the Chavista TSJ will find more “irregularities” in order to throw out the elected candidates of the opposition and/or prohibit them from running for elections for the next 100 years. And to think that Chavez demands the return of Zelaya to Honduras, the right to run for office and live a normal political life in order to give recognition to Honduras’ newly-elected government.

  8. An Interested Observer Says:

    Wow – this completely underscores your last post. And takes it to a new level. It would be more democratic (or less un-democratic) for them to just steal the election in the first place.

  9. loroferoz Says:

    I do wonder how many chavista elected officials would survive a legitimate investigation of their honesty and compliance with the law.

    And how many would survive a Barboza-type investigation, which has nothing fair about it?

    They should be proud at the TSJ: A bit more cynical and you become a stray dog.

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