Venezuelan Electoral Council to Investigate Chávez’s Socialist Party Campaigning
One of the directors of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), Vicente Díaz, solicited an official investigation of whether President Hugo Chávez has violated electoral laws by “acting as chief of state [while] promoting candidates from the electoral option of the [United Socialist Party of Venezuela] PSUV.”
“The President of the Republic has political rights as a citizen, and the norms do not prohibit her or him from electoral action. What they do prohibit is [electoral action] while exercising his or her public function,” said Díaz during a press conference Tuesday.
Specifically, Díaz said that Chávez promoted the PSUV during the recent inauguration of a petro-chemical complex constructed by the state oil company PDVSA.
Also, Chávez made campaign-related threats directed at Manuel Rosales, who is the current governor of Zulia and candidate for mayor of Zulia’s capital city, Maracaibo, while addressing a group of Zulia business leaders about national economic policy last Saturday, said Díaz.
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