[Venezuelanalysis.com's Michael Fox reports on Hugo Chavez's announcement on Thursday that the Venezuelan electoral system is one of the safest in the world, and that any media attempting to destabilise the elections by carrying out fraudulent mid-day polls, should be prepared to “assume the consequences.” --Ed]
Venezuela’s Media Must “Assume Consequences” for Destabilization Says Chavez
Michael Fox – Venezuelanalysis.com
December 02, 2006
Caracas, December 1, 2006 (venezuelanalysis.com)— In another marathon press conference on Thursday afternoon at the Venezuelan Presidential Palace, Miraflores, President Hugo Chavez, declared that the Venezuelan electoral system is one of the safest in the world, and that any media attempting to destabilize the elections by carrying out fraudulent mid-day polls, should be prepared to “assume the consequences.”
The Venezuelan President covered scores of additional topics over the more than 3 hour meeting, including Venezuelan and world history, Simon Bolivar, achievements over the last eight years, popular power, democracy, constitutional reforms, corruption, the 2004 coup, opposition candidate Manuel Rosales, Ecuadorian President-elect Rafael Correa, south-south integration, imperialism, George W. Bush and the devil.
Chavez told a packed crowd of foreign and domestic journalists that his Bush-devil reference during his speech before the UN earlier this year was completely unplanned.
“It just came from my heart,” said the Venezuelan President, who acknowledged that some people criticized that it wasn’t the best tactical move. “And if it came from my heart, it’s because it’s true.”
Regarding the opposition’s pre-emptive claims that the elections will be fraudulent, Chavez stated, “There is no possibility of fraud. No one can commit fraud in these elections in Venezuela. We have a completely transparent type of system. You can audit it, you can observe it.”
Chavez said that Venezuela never had international observers or vote audits before.
“I would like to welcome the international observers,” he added.
Chavez reminded the press of the use of discreditable exit polls during the day of the 2004 referendum, to show that Chavez was losing the election (he was declared victory by almost 20%). The polls continue to be used by sectors of the opposition in an attempt to prove that fraud had occurred.
“If some media begins with their destabilization plan, any type of media… that at midday, if they begin to emit exit poll results. If they do it, it is because they are in the midst of a plan to destabilize the country, they must assume the consequences,” said Chavez.
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