Archive for February 21st, 2004

A challenging and sensible proposal

February 21, 2004

 


Things continue to be confusing. The proposal to disqualify all signatures in forms in which the data was filled with the same handwriting (so called “planas”) continues to be discussed while lawyers openly say everything in Venezuela is illegal, because people just signed the Constitution, their birth certificate, their marriage certificate and any notarized paper, since they were all written by long hand before not too distant date by someone different than those signing and by PC’s and typewriters since.


           


But a fairly interesting proposal was made today by Enrique Ochoa Antich. Essentially he suggested that in order not to violate the rights of those that did sign, what the CNE should do is publish the list of those that signed, whether the handwriting is of the same type for both the data and the signature or not and those that did not sign. but do appear in it, can go to the CNE and say their signature was faked.


          


I think this is a very fair solution. First of all, it does indeed respect the will of those that signed in good faith without filling out the data part as the regulation say. Second, if there was the massive scale fraud that Chavez and his supporters claim, it would be revealed immediately as thousands would show up if their accusations are true. Third, if neither the opposition nor the pro-Chavez “planas” forms are bad, then the number of people that would show up would be minimal, simplifying the process. Finally, this would follow the spirit of the regulations that talks about “repairing” the record if errors were made.


           


Now, if the Chavistas really believe there was fraud, they should not be afraid of this proposal, it is fair to the people, allows their point to be proven and would make the opposition look really bad. What excuse will they use this time?

A challenging and sensible proposal

February 21, 2004

 


Things continue to be confusing. The proposal to disqualify all signatures in forms in which the data was filled with the same handwriting (so called “planas”) continues to be discussed while lawyers openly say everything in Venezuela is illegal, because people just signed the Constitution, their birth certificate, their marriage certificate and any notarized paper, since they were all written by long hand before not too distant date by someone different than those signing and by PC’s and typewriters since.


           


But a fairly interesting proposal was made today by Enrique Ochoa Antich. Essentially he suggested that in order not to violate the rights of those that did sign, what the CNE should do is publish the list of those that signed, whether the handwriting is of the same type for both the data and the signature or not and those that did not sign. but do appear in it, can go to the CNE and say their signature was faked.


          


I think this is a very fair solution. First of all, it does indeed respect the will of those that signed in good faith without filling out the data part as the regulation say. Second, if there was the massive scale fraud that Chavez and his supporters claim, it would be revealed immediately as thousands would show up if their accusations are true. Third, if neither the opposition nor the pro-Chavez “planas” forms are bad, then the number of people that would show up would be minimal, simplifying the process. Finally, this would follow the spirit of the regulations that talks about “repairing” the record if errors were made.


           


Now, if the Chavistas really believe there was fraud, they should not be afraid of this proposal, it is fair to the people, allows their point to be proven and would make the opposition look really bad. What excuse will they use this time?

Another sign of deterioration

February 21, 2004

 


I was surprised by the sharp drop in book exports from Spain to Venezuela in 2003. According to the Spanish Ministry of Commerce, book exports from that country dropped by 75% in 2003 over 2002. Spain is Venezuela’s largest supplier of books. Depressing…

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