The Constitutional Hall of the Venezuelan Supreme Court named tonight by a unanimous vote the five principal members of the Comision Nacional Electoral (CNE). The members are: Oscar Bataglini GonzŠlez, Jorge RodrŪguez, Francisco Carrasquero, Sobeida MejŪa y Ezequiel Zamora. Bataglini was proposed by Chavez’ MVR, Francisco Carrasquero (President) is a former member of the Court and President of a private University in Zulia State and Dean of Law at University of Zulia. Carrasquero was a member of Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) and is considered to be a serious lawyer. Ezequiel Zamora was a member of the CNE, he is consiered to be a technical person and was proposed by the CNE’s workers. Zamora was a member of the CNE for a number of years way before Chavez was President. Sobeida Mejia was proposed by Accion Democractica and Jorge Rodriguez was proposed by Chavez’ MVR. Thus, the CNE appears to be a balanced Board with Francisco Carrasquero being the “neutral” card. (thisis no way to improve a democracy). The Court also named a “Council of Political Participation” composed of Teodoro Petkoff (former Minsiter of Planning) Carlos Delgado Chapellin (former President of the CNE), Hernando Grisanti (Penal lawyer, author of many texts, I am not sure about his politics) and Guillermo Garcia Ponce who presides MVR’s Tactical Command of the Revolution.
All I can say is that for six months Venezuelans have not had the right to vote. The Supreme Court took away that right in February and it was restored tonight by the same Court. Let’s see if the new CNE allows us to vote or whether this is nothing but more manipulation of this battered democracy.