Destabilizing Venezuela Pre-Election
Chavez way ahead in the polls.
by Stephen Lendman
On October 7, Venezuelans get to choose between Bolivarianism under Chavez and Henrique Capriles Radonski's corporatism they rejected resoundingly in 1998.
Polls show they'll do it again. IVAD late August results show Chavez ahead 55% to 34%. Only 10% of Venezuelans are undecided.
Eight major July polls showed Chavez leading by 15 - 27%. Subsequent ones weeks later revealed his support remains strong. Few doubt October's outcome. At issue is only by how much. On December 16, regional elections follow.
In late August, Chavez warned that opposition forces plan to declare victory before electoral results are announced. They'll say they won, reject National Electoral Council (CNE) totals, and claim fraud.
They'll call for violence, destabilization and US help. "They are gearing up".with some allies in the world, some media, some social organizations to claim victory," said Chavez. "We know they are capable of anything."
He urged respect for official results, adding:
"We will support the National Electoral Council. We call on all sectors to respect the referee, the Constitution, the laws."
Capriles' economic advisor, Ricardo Hausmann, said his campaign will announce its own results independently of official ones.
Ultimas Noticias editor Eleazar Diza Rangel said they'll "claim fraud (and won't) recognize the people's will."
Since Chavez took office in February 1999, 15 national and regional elections were held. Independent observers declared them open, free and fair. America's Carter Center calls Venezuela's electoral system one of the world's most reliable.
Around 200 or more international observers will monitor October 7 voting. Expect confirmation of another exemplary democratic process. It puts America's to shame and then some. US federal and many regional ones lack legitimacy. Big money controls them. Ordinary people have no say.