CARACAS, Saturday December 15, 2012 | Update

Seven candidates purport to remedy deficiencies in Miranda state

Education, health, security, housing and social development are the focus points of the proposals made by the candidates running for Miranda state governor: Henrique Capriles Radonsky, seeking reelection; Elías Jaua Milano, Félix Velásquez, Claudio Ojeda, Jorge Contreras, Freddy Chacón and Leonardo Chirinos

Miranda state governor and recently the presidential candidate for opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) Henrique Capriles Radonsky is seeking reelection (Handout photo)
Saturday December 15, 2012  12:00 AM
Seven candidates run for Miranda state governor in the gubernatorial election of December 16.

The roll features Miranda state governor and recently the presidential candidate for opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) Henrique Capriles Radonsky. He leads 28 political parties that comprise the MUD. A lawyer, with almost 15 years in public office as a congressman and mayor, now he cherishes reelection to proceed with the programs undertaken in 2008.

Education, health, security, housing and social development have been the cornerstones during his administration. He has allotted over 50% of the budget to build and repair schools and maintain food programs, plans for working mothers, school implements and teachers' upgrade. He created the Francisco de Miranda network, including health houses. The cases there are referred to specialists in the public sector who render their services for free. He opened five Prompt Help emergency centers.

Capriles Radonsky has kept the delivery of certificates of building to improve and expand houses in low-risk areas. He also opened an academy for the Miranda state police. In the field of social development, the current governor has brought programs, such as Zero Hunger, loans for entrepreneurs, training and liaison with business for employment.

Embracing the national government

Elías Jaua Milano, a sociologist and ex university professor, he acted as Minister of Agriculture and Lands and First Executive Vice-President. He counts on the support of 16 political parties comprising ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

As part of his election campaign, he has vowed to raise from 2,700 to 5,000 the number of state police agents, as well as public works under the competent jurisdiction of the central government.  He trumpeted the recovery of road serviceability and brought forward a development plan for Los Teques, the capital city of Miranda state.

Likewise, Jaua pioneers, among others, preventive and corrective maintenance of infrastructure, better agricultural and rural roads, refurbishment of land terminals, a new circular road, revamp of downtown Los Teques, and streamlining of the Pan-American freeway.

In addition, he plans to build 11 kilometers of freeway in San José overleaf, Los Teques, and expects to strengthen the welfare program Mission Housing with the apportionment of 10,000 dwellings.

Some other choices

Independent Labor Revolutionary Movement (MRT) enrolled candidate Félix Velásquez, a writer, politician and sociologist, and former researcher at the National Assembly (AN). He promises the implementation of 35 working hours with no wage decrease in order to create jobs in the public and private sector and counter unemployment.

A New Country Vision (Nuvipa) nominated Claudio Ojeda, the holder of a Ph. D in theology, a motivational speaker and announcer. He was prefect and alternate deputy. The Christian minister anticipates 10% of the local budget for the sake of the underprivileged; free food for people in extreme poverty; cheap drugs, and housing.

Opina political party supports Jorge Contreras. An administrator and teacher, he suggests management and productivity, with an emphasis on infrastructure, health, education and agricultural development.

Youth and ORA political parties nominated Freddy Chacón, whereas Democratic Unity, Change and Hands for Venezuela back the candidacy of Leonardo Chirinos. None of them has made any proposals.

Legislature bequeaths 20 laws

The new Legislative Council to take office on January 5 is led by Deputy Michel Fernandina. It has endorsed 20 draft laws on education, as well as the Law on Access of Information on Public Administration and the First Employment Act, among others. In 2011, funds were granted to the Social Economy Market, repair and building of schools, and more than 60% of allowances.

Translated by Conchita Delgado
The end of a cycle

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