While on the border, a few kilometers from Barinas, the Colombian guerrilla is waging a war in the border strip, which involves part of the Venezuelan territory, the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB), concentrates on the elections of the so-called cradle of the revolution . What happens today in Barinas is more than the election of a governor, between Jorge Alberto Arreaza Monserrat and Sergio Ramón Garrido Quintero; It means the measurement of forces in Chavismo between Nicolás Maduro and Diosdado Cabello.
The call Republic Plan Its essential function, during the elections in Venezuela, is the protection of electoral material and voting centers. But It is increasingly a force parallel to the civil power, showing its weapons, occupying functions that do not correspond to the tolerance of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and interference in a process that belongs to civil society.
The military is ready to play tough in the Barinas elections. It is no coincidence that the Operational Strategic Command (Ceofanb) published a list of 17 “contingency telephone numbers” for complaints to be made or information provided during what they call Operation República Barinas 2022.
All the high officials were deployed to Barinas, making sure to make it clear that they are there, uniformed and armed. This is how they held a publicized command meeting, through their social networks, which according to the General Commander of the Militia MG Wistohor Chourio Andrade “guidelines and instructions were given for Operation República Barinas 2022 ″.
The general commander of the GNB, MG Juvenal Fernández López is another who was present in Barinas. The Strategic Operational Commander, GJ Domingo Hernández Lárez, could not be absent; also an unconditional man from Diosdado Cabello, MG Ovidio de Jesús Delgado Ramírez, who went from being head of Redi to the Joint Directorate of Doctrine of Ceofanb.
Even the former head of the Ceofanb and Sectorial Vice President for Citizen Security and Peace, Admiral in Chief Remigio Ceballos Ichaso announced: “I held a working meeting with the Citizen Security Organs and the FANB in the state of Barinas, as part of the Special Plan for the fight against crime, in order to guarantee levels of effectiveness and response times in matters of citizen security ”.
On the other hand, he said “the Citizen Security Organizations made up of the Bolivarian National Police Corps (CPNB), state police and municipal police of the state of Barinas this Friday pass to the order of the Ceofanb, to provide protection on election day.”
Ceballos Ichaso met in Barinas with CEOFANB authorities, but also delivered equipment and vehicle units to the Barinas State Police, “as part of the strengthening of the Citizen Security Organizations.”
The intervention of the military power in the elections was already evident in the state of Barinas, when the final result of the elections, on November 21, had the interference of the Armed Forces to twist the popular will. The gubernatorial elections were won by then-opposition candidate Freddy Francisco Superlano Salinas, who defeated Governor Argenis de Jesús Chávez Frías, brother of President Hugo Chávez, who died in 2012.
The CNE would determine that it was Superlano who won the elections, but the head of the Comprehensive Defense Operational Zone (ZODI) Barinas, Major General José Rafael Serrano Gotera, would have decided not to deliver some minutes to stop the opposition candidate’s victory, which it constitutes an electoral crime, considering that the Republic Plan is the custodian of the electoral material, but cannot dispose of it at will.
While the high official kept the minutes under his power, meetings, calls and internal threats were activated in Chavismo, because the wing of Diosdado Cabello considered that the triumph of Barinas, as the cradle of the revolution, since it is the homeland of Hugo Chávez, should remain in the hands of Chavismo, even if that meant not respecting the popular will.
This is how the maneuver of the Supreme Court of Justice arises (TSJ), using a Barinas deputy, Adolfo Ramón Superlano, who had belonged to the Opposition, but related to Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman imprisoned in the United States, who sold poor quality food at a premium in CLAP food bags and ardently defended by the Nicolás Maduro regime. Deputy Adolfo Ramón filed an appeal with the highest court to ratify the disqualification of Superlano Salinas.
It is then that the CNE announces that, although the Governor had won, it was unaware of said disqualification, so it ordered a repeat of the elections, which are held on January 9 in the state of Barinas.
Abuse of power
The rude military intervention with the retention of the records did not generate any sanction. In addition, the Supreme Court also disqualified the candidate of the Communist Party, Aldemaro Sanoja, who had been a candidate last November without any objection, which shows that the rejection of his application was a political decision. The Hierarchical Appeal that they introduce before the governing body did not have an answer, neither did the Comptroller’s Office. So the PCV with the Popular Revolutionary Alternative did not succeed in having the candidate replaced by Leonardo Rodríguez.
For which the National Electoral Council (CNE) did demonstrate efficiency and speed, it was violating its own regulations, by modifying the Permanent Electoral Registry (REP) that was closed, and allowing the Chavez candidate Jorge Alberto Arreaza Monserrat and Claudio Eloy Fermín Maldonado, supported by internal sectors of Chavismo that promote the division of the Opposition, who were registered as voters in Caracas, were incorporated into the voters’ books of the state of Barinas. There are valid reasons for the questions against the CNE.
To that must be added the silence of the majority of the rectors of that organism before the rude use of the resources of the State in the campaign of Arreaza Monserrat, the number of household appliances, services that fail regularly suddenly appeared in abundance such as gas cylinders or bottles, electrical failures were minimized, food and household appliance winners appeared. The use of state agencies to threaten or mediate the opposition campaign, as happened with the pressure exerted against regional media and journalists if they favored or publicized the candidate. The National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) arbitrarily censored the program that Garrido had on station 91.1, nor did they allow any station in Barinas to pass the publicity of the opposition candidate. Arreaza and Ferrmín did receive the approval of Conatel.