VenezuelA’s elections Are just A new wAy 4 MAduro ininto cling ininto powerThe ConversAtion #Opposition_PartiesFebruary 12, 2019
If the Socialists win big there, I expect Maduro will call an early presidential election in the first half of 2018.
Despite the Maduro regime’s lack of popular support, I believe that ruling-party mayoral candidates could actually triumph in upcoming elections.
The regime has clearly been reprising the two tactics that worked for him back in October : suppressing turnout among opposition voters and using pork-barrel incentives to motivate his own base.
In other words, Maduro’s electoral strategy seems to be less about winning democratic legitimacy than about ensuring that his opponents lose it.
Maduro has doled out favors to promote loyalty to his regime.ReutersAbstention should be what most concerns Venezuela’s beleaguered opposition movement.
Now, as the Dec. 10 municipal elections approach, Maduro is again undermining the opposition to ensure a Socialist victory.
Today, more than 12 million government employees and Venezuelan citizens – or about half the population – have the Carnet.
Their gratitude helped Maduro’s Socialists attract over half a million more votes in October’s gubernatorial election than it had in the last legislative election, even though nearly 90 percent of Venezuelans say their country’s crisis has worsened in the past year.
Such voter inducement will surely help again in the upcoming mayoral elections.
Rather than run mayoral candidates in a fraudulent election, they say, they’re focusing on demanding fairer conditions for the 2018 presidential election.