The substitute rectors Griselda Colina and León Arismmedi assured that before the dismantling of the CNE directory “it is necessary to redouble the efforts to strengthen the path of recovery of the right to choose and be elected.” They indicated that they have not resigned from their positions, but after the installation of the Electoral Nominations Committee on June 15, “a de facto removal is constituted.”
The substitute rectors of the National Electoral Council Griselda Colina and León Arismendi denounced this Thursday, July 6, the forced removal of their positions, after the resignation of 10 rectors, including principals and substitutes, and the installation of the Electoral Nominations Committee by the Assembly National elected in 2020.
In a statement, released to via Twitterrectors Colina and Arismendi indicated that they have not resigned from their positions, but after the installation of the Electoral Nominations Committee on June 15, “a de facto removal is constituted.”
To date, the principal rectors Pedro Calzadilla (president), Enrique Márquez (vice-president), Roberto Picón and Alexis Corredor have submitted their resignations; as well as the substitute rectors Leonel Párica, Carlos Quintero, Francisco Garcés, Gustavo Vizcaíno, Saúl Bernal and Rafael Chacón.
The officials explained that the AN 2020 board of directors entrusted said Committee with the task of selecting all the principal and alternate rectors of the CNE, as stated by its president. Jorge Rodríguez in ordinary session.
“Faced with this panorama, we ratify our commitment to the recovery of the right to choose, now from citizen action,” they said.
For Colina and Arismendi, “everything indicates that what is intended, with such arbitrariness, is to torpedo the possibility that the country continues advancing in the construction of a balanced institutionality of the electoral body. And the recent selection of the members of the Electoral Nominations Committee points in that direction, as well as the disqualification of possible presidential candidates.
The rectors said they were convinced of the need for an electoral body “balanced, independent, autonomous and respectful of differences (…) Venezuelans also require a political leadership that thinks of Venezuela, that assumes that elections are the civilized means to resolve differences and advance in a safe transition to a stable democracy.
In addition, they assured that in view of the dismantling of the CNE board of directors “it is necessary to redouble efforts to strengthen the path of recovery of the right to elect and be elected and to demand that any dialogue or agreement maintain institutionality, the rule of law and democracy”.
At critical times for the country and in the face of actions that seek to sow hopelessness and mistrust regarding the electoral route and the right to democracy in #Venezuelanext to @Leonarismendi We share an open letter to the country with our position and commitment. pic.twitter.com/Fqrc7fIs7z
— Griselda Colina (@GrisColina) July 6, 2023
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