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."
INTERVIEW "I was a kid from the Third World who came to teach Italians how to play opera." A succinct Diego Matheuz describes in this way his arrival at La Fenice of Venice, first as a guest conductor and later on as chief conductor. Matheuz is extremely modest, considering that a 26-year-old young man from a faraway tropical country stepped up to one of the most renowned opera theaters in Italy. "It was a big challenge; I gave it all. Thank God, we overcame," he adds when commenting his debut in October 2010 with Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. Four years later, and being still under 30, Diego seems to have fulfilled the highest expectations. He has led at least 15 major world orchestras; has appeared on various stages, and, together with Gustavo Dudamel, Christian Vásquez and Rafael Payare –the four mighty globetrotters of the System- is tied to the project pioneered by Master José Antonio Abreu 40 years ago.