Parties that appear to be “opposition”, but are not

(From left to right) Venezuelan presidential candidates Daniel Ceballos, Javier Bertucci, Luis Martinez, Antonio Eccari and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro are pictured during a ceremony to sign the agreement recognizing the results of the presidential election on December 28. Headquarters in Caracas on June 20, 2024 at the CNE in July. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

During the administration of Nicolás Maduro, at least 17 political parties intervened in Venezuela. reporter

Most of the decisions are issued by the Savista Supreme Court (TSJ), which is used as an instrument subject to the orders of political institutions.

The intervention orders establish that the board of directors or a majority of the members of the political parties shall be suspended, expelled or replaced by members appointed by the TSJ.

The next step is to hand over the reins of the organization to a group with close ties to the Maduro administration, always appealing to the pretext of “promoting internal democracy.”

With the interventions ordered by the TSJ, the directives of historically significant political parties such as Democratic Action, Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular have been modified.

However, some political organizations associated with Chavismo intervened and criticized the regime, for example, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV).

Until now, in 2012, the parties prosecuted Por la Democracia Social (Vamos). In the case of Bandera Roja, always on the side of Chavismo, it intervened twice (2012 and 2020).

During an event at the CNE headquarters in Caracas on June 20, 2024, Venezuelan presidential candidate Daniel Ceballos for Arepa Digital signs a document of agreement to recognize the results of the July 28 presidential election.

Traditional organizations, such as the People's Electoral Movement (MEP), were initially aligned with Chavismo and were sued in 2015.

The Gobi party has also been targeted for interference on two occasions in 2015 and 2019.

Venezuela's environmental movement received legalization in 2018, followed by Democratic Action, First Justice, People's Will, Republican Movement, Dupamaro, Homeland for All, Country Dedication (Campai), New Vision for My Country (Nuvipa) in 2020.

The Communist Party of Venezuela sued in 2023, and the National Unity Movement-Unidad (MIN-Unidad) party intervened in 2015.

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Henry Falcon, always an ally of Chavismo, denounced the intervention of his Avanzada Progresista party in 2022.

“Resistance” to action

(L-R) Venezuelan presidential candidates Daniel Ceballos, Javier Bertucci, Luis Martinez, Antonio Eccari and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro listen to Venezuela's National Electoral Council President Elvis Amoroso (3rd-R) during a sign. On June 20, 2024 at the CNE headquarters in Caracas, a ceremony recognizing the results of the July 28 presidential election. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

For the presidential election scheduled for this July 28, TSJ intervened parties nominated their candidates who appeared to be “opposition” but were actually playing into the hands of Chavismo. This tactic is, on the one hand, to show “competitive” elections, and on the other, to try to confuse voters.

¿How were the cards of the parties that intervened in the ballot between the “Scorpion” candidates and Nicolás Maduro distributed?

Candidate Luis Eduardo Martinez: Posted by AD, Copei, Bandera Roja and Republican Movement cards

Candidate Jose Prito: Presented by Primero Justicia (PJ) and Primero Venezuela, this is the first scratch of (PJ).

Candidate Antonio Eccari: In addition to running with his Labis party, he carries the cards of E-Unidad, Avansada Progresista and the Environmental Movement.

Candidate Daniel Ceballos: Apart from competing with his Areba party, he is also doing the same with Popular Will Card.

Candidate Nicolás Maduro: Apart from eight other parties, Podemos, PPT, Tupamaro, PCV and MEP were posted with cards. This makes him the candidate with the most cards (13 in total) on the ballot.

Esmond Harmon

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