VenEconomy :Game changer
After a long day of civism, the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced Nicolás Maduro, the Government’s candidate, as “winner” on Sunday, having a pyrrhic advantage of only 1.6% compared with his opposition contender, the democrat Henrique Capriles Radonski.
According to the CNE, abstention levels stood at 21.29%, the third lowest since 1998. According to the announcement, Maduro notched 7,505,338 votes vs. 7,270,403 from Capriles Radonski, all this without taking into account the votes from abroad.
The outcome was not conceded by either Capriles Radonski or his Comando Simón Bolívar campaign commando, who claimed that the outcome was different and requested the opening of the boxes containing the ballots.
Regardless of what the results of these audits may be, the fact is that the political game in Venezuela radically changed on April 14.
For starters, the nation would have a president who, having had a quite narrow victory, lost 686,000 votes in less than three months and, with that, the Cuban communist project from the chavismo regime gets weak.
Maduro does not generate any passion or excitement among his followers who, in contrast with the calls made by late President Hugo Chávez, did not appear when summoned to celebrate Maduro’s victory. The left wing lost its halo of innocence, credibility and “reliability” before the international community, who today are sure there is an abuse of power, disrespect to political and citizen rights and lack of freedom on the part of an authoritarian regime. Maduro loses even winning!
On his part, Capriles Radonski emerges and consolidates as the legitimate leader with the votes of a stunning half of voters. Helped by a heroic campaign, he achieved 679,000 more votes in less than a month compared with the results in October of last year. Capriles Radonski catches the eye of the international community as it recognized his fight against all the power from the State and the foreign intervention by the Cuban government. He wins for the forcefulness of his message, for the credibility of his vision of a country, and for having reaped using the democratic way over 7 million votes from Venezuelans who refuse to accept neither the “cubanization” of the nation nor communism as a government model. Capriles wins even losing!
And lastly, Capriles Radonski and his campaign commando, previously approved by Vicente Díaz, the only independent rector from the CNE, put a time bomb in the hands of the electoral body by demanding a recount of the ballots. The challenge given to the Government is a double-edge sword for the future credibility of the communist regime. Both the international community and the nation await the development of events. The legitimacy of Maduro as president is being questioned “in the meantime.”
The audit wouldn’t be limited to just counting the ballots to match the voting lists, but also would put in the spotlight countless of frauds, advantages from the Government and other illegalities before, during and after the voting process that would expose the illegitimacy of Maduro’s government.
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