Capriles' campaign team signs electoral pact ahead of presidential vote
In the name of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles' campaign team Comando Venezuela, Enrique Márquez asked the National Electoral Council (CNE) to urge both Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his Communication Minister Andrés Izarra to refrain from airing mandatory radio and television broadcasts and using public funds for financing the president's campaign for reelection
Representatives of the opposition campaign team Comando Venezuela on Tuesday signed the agreement proposed by the National Electoral Council (CNE) ahead of the presidential election on October 7.
They demanded that the CNE takes a stance on the use of mandatory radio and television broadcasts and public funds to promote the candidacy of President Hugo Chávez.
"This agreement should be explicit about mandatory broadcasts, the use of the 10 minutes of radio and television broadcasts provided for under the radio and TV responsibility law, and the use of public resources (for electioneering)," said Márquez.
"We will sign the agreement hoping that starting tomorrow there will be no more mandatory radio and television broadcasts to promote the candidacy of the official candidate. We will sign the agreement hoping that starting tomorrow public funds will not be used to promote any candidacy," he added.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."