NGO Súmate "will be held responsible no more for the
organization of primary elections to choose a single national
candidate next August 6th," director Alejandro Plaz announced.
"The only truth is that primary elections hoped and expected by citizens, which the whole country deserves after so much frustration and distrust in the Venezuelan electoral system, will not be possible for the date set in the agreement," he admonished.
During a press conference, Plaz underscored that in multiple meetings with pre-candidates and representatives, Súmate always warned that primary elections needed to be organized with at least six weeks in advance, "in order to hold primary elections at the level and expectations of the Venezuelan society."
"Primary elections require the development of technical and organizational structures, including, among others, recruitment and training of about 50,000 volunteers, commissioning of technological platforms, production and distribution of electoral materials and an information and incentive campaign targeted at voters," he elaborated.
Plaz recalled that last June 10th, 12 pre-candidates voiced their intention to proclaim one single candidate by means of primary elections, by August 6th, at the very latest.
"It is our duty to advise the country that the balance has not been favorable. There is a very significant number of vital issues that have not been considered and resolved yet, with no hints for a timely decision on the future of primary elections," he added.
The Súmate leader acknowledged "the effort and integrity of those candidates and organizations that publicly and clearly maintained their readiness to promote this electoral survey."
LOPEZ CASE HRW endorsed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' call on Venezuela to release Leopoldo López.
LOPEZ CASE Without giving many details, Venezuelan Congress' Speaker Diosdado Cabello has claimed he saved opposition leader Leopoldo López's life, adding that there were no negotiations whatsoever days before the dissenter turned himself in to the Bolivarian National Guard earlier this year. "He (López) knew it (information about his possible assassination), too. Why did he turn himself in? He and his family were aware of that," said the legislator in an interview with daily newspaper El Universal.
HUMAN RIGHTS The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, expressed serious concern on Monday at the continued detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in the context of public protests that took place across Venezuela over several months starting in February this year.