by Lady Michelle-Jennifer Santos, Chief Visionary Founder & Owner
March 12, 2013 (TSR) – Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced that eight (8) candidates have registered as of Monday to run the upcoming presidential elections on April 14: Eusebio Méndez, Nicolás Maduro, Reina Sequera, María Bolívar, Fredy Tabarquino, Henrique Capriles Radonski, Gonzalo Contreras and Julio Mora.
A CNE press release states that the candidate of the Bolivarian Revolution, Nicolás Maduro, was the second to deliver his documents to the Nominations Committee, arriving around noon accompanied by representatives of 14 political organizations.
Maduro shook hands with CNE President Tibisay Lucena, who stood alongside the other members of the electoral branch of the government. His documents were officially turned in by Governor Francisco Ameliach, a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
The political parties supporting Maduro are: the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), Por la Democracia Social (Podemos), Unidad Popular Venezolana (UPV), Redes, Patria para Todos (PPT), Tupamaro, Nuevo Camino Revolucionario (NCR), Independiente por la Comunidad Nacional (IPCN), Corrientes Revolucionarias Venezolanas (CRV), el Movimiento Electoral del Pueblo (MEP), Juan Bimba, Organización Renovadora Auténtica (Ora) and the Workers’ Revolutionary Party (PRT).
The right-wing candidate Capriles Radonski did not appear before the electoral authority, but rather sent a representative of the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), Oscar López, who arrived at 4:30 in the afternoon.
Like Capriles, the candidate María Bolívar was registered by a representative of the party that backs her, Partido Democrático Unido por la Paz y la Libertad (PDUPL).
Three Repeat Candidates
The three repeat candidates in this election are Capriles, Bolívar and Sequera, the latter of whom is supported by the party called Poder Laboral.
In the last election on October 7, President Chávez won with 55.07% of the vote, or more than 8 million votes. Meanwhile, Capriles Radonski obtained 44.31%, or about 6.5 million votes, Bolívar earned 7,378 votes, and Sequera earned 70,567 votes.
The other candidates this time around are Eusebio Méndez of the political party Nueva Visión para mi País (Nuvipa), Fredy Tabarquino of Juventud Organizada de Venezuela (Joven), Gonzalo Contreras of Cambio Pana, and Julio Mora of Unidad Democrática (Udemo).