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HUGO CHAVEZ ACCUSED OF DIRTY ELECTION TRICKS WHICH OF COURSE HE DOESN’T REALLY DENY AT ALL
September 25 2012
Caracas, Venezuela – Going into the current election cycle Hugo Chavez and his supporters had reason to be optimistic. He had, after all, turned the constitution to his favour and extended the term of office. His popularity was undiminished and unchallenged and it seemed that he would cruise to victory with barely any effort.
Things, though, have not gone smoothly. An increase in crime, the wasting of a massive surplus, and popular opponent and of course cancer have all worked against Chavez in this election, all factors that have made it less of a sure thing and more of a desperate bid to stay in power. The worm, for Chavez, has certainly turned.
And it seems that things aren’t getting any better anytime soon. With the election only weeks away the polls are showing Chavez slipping even further and it could well be that come election time Venezuela will have a new President. To try and stave that off, Chavez has started to pull out some of his old tricks, most of them dirty, to try and take back the seat of power and subvert his opposition, tricks Chavez really hasn’t denied using because he just wants to win.
“This is corruption, a crime. Everyone knows that four of the CNE’s five directors are pro-Chávez – that’s one thing. But it’s not OK that they ignore... government abuses,” said Eduardo Semtei, a former member of the National Electoral Council (CNE).
At issue are Chavez’s ‘chain broadcasts’ which interrupt regular programming and show his speeches on all channels, giving him a significant advantage in air time.
Those broadcasts have been standard fare for Chavez since he took power. Opponents also complain about his use of public funds for campaigning and threats against Chavez employees in respect to their votes.
“Clearly Hugo Chavez very much wants to win this election and it appears that he is willing to do just about anything and everything he needs to do to make sure that happens . Some of the situations and issues the opposition have brought up are valid to be sure but they really just highlight the lengths Chavez is willing to go to win and that really shows his passion for the people of his country,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “If there were rules against it it would of course be cheating but there are not. What he is doing is perfectly legal and the fact that he is willing to face criticism to win the election, well, that shows how much he loves his nation really.”
Henrique Capriles is the main opposition and has no advantages but is still determined to win the election.
“Clearly Capriles cares as well. He is going up against an extremely popular leader who has all kinds of ways of crushing him and yet he continues to fight as though he has a chance. That says a lot about him and his passion for his country and is certainly to be admired as well,” continued Hander. “Unfortunately he just doesn’t have those advantages, at least not in this election. If he wins he will certainly have them the next time around when he tries to crush whomever opposes him and he won’t be crying foul then, I can tell you that much.”
Chavez for his part plans to continue the way he has done because he would really like to win.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent