The Constitutional Court, Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ)
overruled an action filed by opposition Acción Democrática
(AD) party against implementation of twin ballots.
After a hearing Thursday where each party concerned pleaded
in favor and against legitimacy of the voting formula, the
justices of the constitutional court found no evidence of
contradiction between the nomination procedure known as twin
ballots. "Neither the constitution nor the laws prohibit it."
At the TSJ major hearing room were National Electoral Council
(CNE) Jorge Rodríguez, Attorney General Isaías Rodríguez,
and Ombudsman Germán Mundaraín. Pro-government parliamentarian
William Lara was to present allegations favoring the use of
Some people thought that the Attorney General's Office could
shore up opposition AD party's pleadings, as Attorney General
Isaías Rodríguez recently asserted: "I do not understand
twin ballots the way (opposition Convergencia party leaders)
Juan José Caldera and Eduardo Lapi understood them."
Rodríguez was making reference to the first political
players who used this controversial electoral mechanism.
On his part, Venezuelan Ombudsman Germán Mundaraín
had said that the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) should
dismiss an action filed by opposition Acción Democrática
(AD) party, seeking annulment of an electoral formula known
as twin ballots, as the alleged violation of a constitutional
right under this mechanism has already been "consented" by
Under "twin ballots" political parties can present nominal
candidates and lists of candidates separately, thus allowing
the majority party to obtain twice as many positions than
positions actually gotten in the election.