Caracas.–“Chavismo is alive, it is on the streets and triumphing. That is the truth and here we are still standing,” stated Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, following the announcement of the results of the regional elections on October 15.
“This homeland wants, with all its heart, to build itself in peace, with all its independence,” the President stressed, speaking from the Miraflores Presidential palace in a broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión.
Meanwhile, the head of the Zamora 200 Campaign Command, Jorge Rodríguez, explained that the results obtained in the regional elections of October 15, as well as those of July 30, when the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) was elected, must be read as the response of the Venezuelan people against foreign interference, and in defense of their sovereignty.
“President Maduro said so, that anyone going out to vote, should vote for sovereignty, and here we have the highest turnout in regional elections,” he said during a press conference broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión.
Revolutionary forces secured victory in 17 states, according to the National Electoral Council’s (CNE) first bulletin, having counted 95.8% of the votes cast. Turnout in these elections was 61.14% of an electorate of 18,094,065, and they were the 22nd to be held in the last 18 years of the Bolivarian Revolution.
The people of Venezuela “have once again provided a great lesson of democracy, and a lesson to the whole world of what we Venezuelans are worthy representatives of this country in the exercise of sovereignty in peace and democracy, through the vote,” the President of the National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena, told the country from the CNE headquarters in Caracas.
Lucena highlighted the atmosphere of peace, tranquility, and civism in which these elections took place. Results were announced for 22 of the country’s 23 state governorships, with 75% of regional governments going to revolutionary forces, representing 54% of the votes cast.
The opposition parties Acción Democrática (Democratic Action) and Primero Justicia (Justice First) secured just five states (Anzoátegui, Mérida, Nueva Esparta, Táchira and Zulia). An irreversible result is yet to be announced for the one remaining state of Bolívar, Lucena noted, as reported by AVN.
Meanwhile, Delcy Rodríguez, president of the National Constituent Assembly, noted that this body, responsible for safeguarding the will of every citizen, will participate in the forthcoming audits of the results, as established by the Law on Electoral Processes.
She also highlighted the reliability of the Venezuelan electoral process, which includes a series of audits endorsed by political parties participating in the elections.
In turn, the First Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, speaking in the capital, stressed that “the moment of the guarimbas (violent street barricades and protests) in Venezuela is over.
“I call on the nationalist opposition: do not be swept along by those who want violence. Come and work with us,” he added at a press conference by the political party in Caracas.
Meanwhile, the Latin American Council of Electoral Experts (CEELA) stated in its report on the regional elections that the results reflect the will of Venezuelan citizens.
“The process was carried out successfully and the will of citizens, freely expressed at the polls, has been respected,” stated CEELA President, Nicanor Moscoso.
“The voting day developed peacefully, without setbacks, with a very significant turnout according to the voting average for regional elections,” he added.
Congratulatory messages on the triumph of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela have already been received from various parts of the American continent.
“Congratulations to Venezuela as democracy won over intervention and conspiracy. The people defend their sovereignty, dignity, and natural resources,” Bolivian President Evo Morales tweeted.
In an address to the public media, Maduro thanked his counterparts: Cuba’s Raúl Castro; Morales of Bolivia; and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, who had phoned him to express their congratulations on this Chavista triumph.
Meanwhile, former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa highlighted the victory of the Bolivarian Revolution in the regional elections.
Correa added his voice to the international views regarding the electoral process ,and reiterated that the results “lay bare the media manipulation” regarding Venezuela.
Preceded by violence promoted by the opposition, the economic sanctions imposed by the United States, which aggravate the ongoing economic war, and in the midst of the media campaign against the Bolivarian government, the regional elections in Venezuela consolidated the left leadership of the South American nation.
THIS TRIUMPH MUST BE ASSUMED WITH HUMILITY
We have been reunited with victory, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro affirmed, referring to the regional election results during an internationally broadcast press conference, held in Caracas and transmitted in several Venezuelan embassies around the world, including that of Cuba.
The President stressed that the country had just experienced an important and peaceful process, despite the media campaign of the international right.
“We must assume the great victory with humility,” he stated.
Maduro also explained that this triumph marks a new cycle of progressive victories on the continent. Chavista forces represent the socio-cultural majority in Venezuela, the President emphasized. At another moment in his speech, Maduro stressed that he feels accompanied and supported by the Bolivarian people.
During my years in office, I have fought to protect the people, he said, referring to advances in public education, the building of 1.8 million homes, the family health system, and the low unemployment rate (5.6%) in the country today. He also noted that 72% of the budget goes to the social sector.
Maduro also referred to the U.S. government led by Donald Trump, and stated that “the more aggression from the U.S., the stronger we are, because this is an anti-imperialist people.”
THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE SUPPPORT THE REVOLUTION
From the Venezuelan embassy in Cuba, a statement from the Ambassador of the South American nation to the island, Alí Rodríguez Araque, was read by Minister-Counsellor Vivian Alvarado: “The electoral victory of October 15 highlights the identification of the great majority of the Venezuelan people with the series of transformations inaugurated by Comandante Hugo Chávez and continued by Nicolás Maduro.”
The text also reiterated that popular participation in the decisions of the Bolivarian state constitutes a fundamental element of the new vision for the country.
The statement likewise referred to the hard blow that the death of Chávez represented to the Venezuelan people, which aroused the hopes of reactionary forces inside and outside of Venezuela.
Before his death, according to Ambassador Araque, the Comandante had the foresight to propose the designation of Maduro to assume the leadership of the nation, in the worst case scenario.
The people once again trusted in their leader and Maduro has proved capable of assuming this task. October 15 reinforces the confidence that the Venezuelan people have placed in their President and Chavismo, the text concluded.
VENEZUELAN FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFERS ELECTORAL ANALYSIS
October 17, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza offered an overall analysis of the election process, alongside the head of the Zamora 200 Campaign Command, Jorge Rodríguez, to the diplomatic corps accredited to the country.
During his remarks, Arreaza recalled that spokespeople of opposition forces who have described the election process as “irregular”, previously recognized the transparency and reliability of the National Electoral Council (CNE) voting platform, just days before the elections.
“Their signatures are on every audit record. In addition, these same opposition spokespeople over the last two weeks were desperate, calling on people to vote, all recognizing the validity and reliability of the electoral system,” Arreaza noted.
The foreign minister explained that the Venezuelan electoral system is completely secure, to guarantee the will of the electorate, subject to multiple audits before, during, and after each election. (International news staff and teleSUR)