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."
HYDROCARBONS Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Ramírez discussed on Monday with Russian authorities the status of the oil market and the sustained plunge in oil prices, the Venezuelan Foreign Office reported.
OIL Russia and Venezuela discussed joint actions to fight falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks on Monday with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez.
PDVSA Russian oil giant Rosneft said on Monday that it had signed a new oil and byproducts supply agreement with Venezuelan state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa).