Debate on constituent process mobilizes the rank and file
The Venezuelan ruling party expects "an emboldened militancy to disseminate the Plan of the Homeland"
Not an easy task given the internal troubles of Chavezism that have emerged in several states and discouragement of some sectors out of imposed nominees. However, as instructed by Diosdado Cabello, the PSUV Senior Vice-President, the party rank and file should take part in the "constituent process on the drafting of the National Development Socialist Plan 2013-2019." The involvement, via rallies, focus points or the web, is intended to maintain Chavezism active as the election of state governors and legislative councils is less than one month away.
A file comprising 18 pages and five enclosures on the constituent process, entitled "Public Debate and Mobilization Approaches," acknowledges the need to disseminate the proposed program among voters and adapt it to each state.
The 11 action actions lines include the "commitment to a political and electoral performance of strong support to the revolution, the second socialist plan and President Commander Hugo Chávez."
The text also includes 12 guidelines to turn the "homeland program" into the Second National Development Socialist Plan.
Mass meetings will last three hours. The number of participants may vary from 50 through 300 attendees. "Each meeting member" should disseminate the conclusions and discuss them in her/his community.
President Hugo Chávez brought up the Socialist Plan as a government program when he enrolled as a candidate in the National Electoral Council (CNE) last June 11. Now, the PSUV intends to turn it into a development plan with the feedback of the party members and grassroots organizations.
The opposition has been invited to take part in the discussions. President Chávez will bring forward the blueprint at the AN on January 10, when he takes on his third six-year term in office.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.