17 million voters can change the share of the provincial power
A total of 23 governors and 260 members of legislative councils are to be elected on Sunday, December 16
On Sunday, December 16, Venezuelans have the opportunity either to reassert the local control of Chavezism and let the dissent preserve its share of power, or change the structure of the country territorial control.
Four years ago, 76% of elected public offices went to the government hands. In this way, the candidates supported by President Hugo Chávez won 17 state governments, 263 mayoralties and 178 positions in legislative councils.
Unlike the last local election, this time no mayors will be elected. This means that 17,381,601 Venezuelans have been called to legitimize 260 elected public offices. In the case of representatives to state parliaments, 54 legislators by list, 175 by individual vote and eight indigenous delegates should be chosen. The latter will be selected only in eight states: Amazonas, Anzoátegui, Apure, Bolívar, Delta Amacuro, Monagas, Sucre and Yaracuy.
133 different ballots
In this election, each state is divided into constituencies. This means that not only the number of votes has changed, but also the design of the e-ballot.
While a state is one constituency only, where the state governor is elected, is order to choose the members of legislative councils, constituencies comprise several municipalities of one single state or the sum of municipalities and parishes.
The basic difference among constituencies is the number of lawmakers to be elected by name as representatives at the legislative councils. For this reason, each voter will cast from two to six votes.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.