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Venezuelans Vote Again

Venezuela has the world's best electoral system.

by Stephen Lendman

In America, money power controls elections. People have no say. Each party replicates the other. Venezuela is different. 

Voters take full advantage. They choose real democrats over fake ones. It shows in how Venezuelans are governed.

On October 7, they reelected Chavez overwhelmingly. On December 16, they'll vote again in regional elections. At stake are 23 regional governorships and 229 local legislative positions.

Currently, Chavez's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) controls 17 of 23 states. Key opposition candidates represent the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition.

Small parties have their own candidates. On October 6, they didn't get enough support to matter. On December 16, they won't likely fare better.

Chavez heads PSUV. It looks strong. He's confident of victory. In early November, he said "the revolution will triumph in the great majority of states in Venezuela."

In America, campaigns never end. Money dominated politics decides everything. Venezuela is much different. Campaigning runs six weeks. Issues matter. 

Voters choose what benefits them. National Electoral Council (CNE) vice president Sandra Oblitas said they'll be "space for ideas (to let voters) make their best decision in awareness, peace and calm, just as we've done in every electoral process."

It's true. Jimmy Carter called Venezuela's system "the best in the world." America's is one of the worst. It's money infested and controlled.

US voters get same old, same old. Not a dime's worth of difference separates parties. It shows in who holds high office. They mock democratic governance. America's electoral process has no legitimacy whatever.

Including Caracas (Venezuela's Capital District), Chavez carried 22 of Venezuela's 24 states. Local gubernatorial and legislative races will be more closely contested.

Ahead of presidential voting, Chavez's opposition was in disarray. Henrique Captiles' top aide was sacked for taking bribe money. His offense was getting caught.

Party defections followed. Internal dissension showed some members rejected extremist platform issues. Reports suggest it's happening again. Four opposition National Assembly (AN) members left the party.

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