- LUANA CABRERA
24 de mayo de 2016 15:14 PM
Actualizado el 24 de mayo de 2016 15:23 PM
“We are within the timeframe set. Any and all steps for the activation of a potential recall referendum have been taken,” reported on Tuesday the director and vice-president of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE), Sandra Oblitas.
She indicated that the Electoral Power is in the first stage, that is: “promotion of a political organization (opposition coalition Unified Democratic Panel, MUD), acting as the mediator for the enforcement of a constitutional right, such as the recall referendum (…) 1% of the signatures are still being verified within the parameters available for the CNE for such purpose.”
In “A Tiempo” (On time), a talk show aired on Unión Radio, Oblitas remarked that the 30-day term provided for the MUD to collect 1% of the signatures “may not be infringed on by the CNE (…) It is a guarantee, a protection we give for them to correct any mistakes or failures.”
In this regard, she noted that the Electoral Power still does not know when “will be the potential collection of 20% of the expression of will of the people enrolled in the registry of voters.”
The CNE director explained that to date, 18 records have been drawn up “from each stage of each action conducted.” She added that among the forms handed over by MUD, some more than 10% “are incomplete, a certain percentage had errors.” “Everything in the form should match with how the person is enrolled in the CNE,” she added.
Ban on demonstrations
With regard to a judgment from the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) that prohibits rallies near the CNE, Oblitas commented that the move was in reply to a precautionary measure sought by a group of employees “that have felt threatened in the vicinity of the Electoral Power.”
“We have been victim of harassment (…) Demonstrations are provided in the Constitution, but also the right to work should be protected. There should be distance between demonstrations and our labor duty,” she elaborated.