Re: [OPE] Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela internal ballot.

Date: Mon Mar 10 2008 - 06:25:09 EDT

Alejandro A: I question the meaning that you attach to the numbers. 
 Who are the 87,000 people who chose the provisional executive?Aren't they, if I recall correctly, composed of 7 _elected_ people from 
each of around 12,000 battalions? (NB: the 5 million member figure 
for party membership was never a serious # and certainly doesn't 
represent 'registered party members'.) Where did the 69 names come from? If I understood the process
correctly,  everyone of the 1600 congress delegates proposed 3 names - 
hopefully, in consultation with battalion members. Of course, many of 
the delegates proposed many of the same names - especially the better 
known and respected Bolivarians. Nothing wrong with that.  None of this sounds undemocratic, especially recalling that there will 
be general elections for public offices in which candidates from other 
parties and individuals who don't belong to or represent parties will 
participate.   In solidarity, Jerry

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