Sobella Mejías, a director of the National Electoral
Council (CNE), Wednesday said she is to request sanctions
against President Hugo Chávez for violating article 210
of the Organic Law on Vote and Political Participation, under
which the government has to refrain from making political
Under said article, "the ministries, autonomous agencies,
state-owned corporations or companies with a determinant government
stake and the other branches of the National Government, the
state or municipal governments shall not make propaganda influencing
the decision of voters."
"This electoral body should not remain silent and be accomplice
of an open violation of article 210 of the Organic Law on
Vote and Political Participation by the President of the Republic,
who has systematically launched a series of loud and aggressive
insults against regional rulers who are running for re-election
as provided under the law," she said.
She added that said violations have taken place "without
the majority of the board of directors (of the CNE) making
any remarks in this sense. They have become accomplices of
this violation against the law."
"The President of the Republic should set the example before
Venezuelans and not to subdue the Electoral Power as, according
to the law, it is an autonomous and independent power," she