Sorry for the late posting today. Lots of work and little internet. As Janette points out in the comments Chavez all but conceded the signatures are there he even makes the argument I’ve been making around my few and sparse chavistas friends. If the opposition has trouble getting 20% of the vote and you have 30% (or 40%, or 80%, whatever), why are you so afraid of the referendum? Let’s have it and be done with it, with those numbers it should be easy to, at least, win the election afterwards. The ridiculous answer that the chavistas are “institutionalist” is, well, ridiculous.