Gov't candidates for governors change their voting centers untimely
Six pro-government candidates for governors, members of ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), have changed their polling location in the register of voters for the upcoming December 16 gubernatorial election, even though the official period to modify the register of voters in this electoral year expired last April
These six pro-government candidates, namely Aristóbulo Istúriz, José Gregorio Vielma Mora, Yelitze Santaella, Tareck El Aissami, Erika Farías and Ramón Rodríguez Chacín, had been criticized because they did not vote in the states where they expect to be governors. After the untimely change, the candidates are now registered to cast their ballots in the states where they are running for governors.
So far, CNE directors have not issued any official statement on the matter. However, according to technicians of the National Electoral Board (JNE), the changes in these candidates' voting locations were due to a mistake when the voters' lists for gubernatorial elections were issued.
Under electoral regulations, candidates for governor's offices are not required to live or to vote in the state where they expect to become governors. They are not required to have a specific period of residence in the state either.
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."