With Venezuela entering the peak of its summer, August 15-September 15, politics is at a low-intensity mobilization point. But, we are most likely observing a lull in street mobilization. During this period of relative calm, a great deal of maneuvering is taking place as both the government and the opposition turn towards the 2015 Parliamentary elections.
A major issue shaping the context for these elections is the possible naming of three new rectors to the five-person Electoral Authority (CNE). As reported by the Carter Center and the UCAB Project on Electoral Integrity, the multifaceted process of naming replacements for the three rectors’ whose periods in office officially lapsed April 28, 2013 is moving, but at a glacial pace.
The National Assembly is the center of action for the nomination process. A Congressional Committee made up of six pro-government and five pro-opposition deputies, and which will eventually include participation from ten individuals associated with civil society organizations, successfully held some deliberations on the topic. However, the slow pace of the process raises a familiar question: to what extent will political differences constrain efforts to renew the CNE and make it into the Professional-based model outlined in the Constitution?