[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.
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RECOMMENDED CANDIDATES FOR THE IMPENDING VACANCIES IN THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION
The Panel chaired by the Chief Justice and comprising of the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, the Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality and the Public Protector established in terms of section 6(3) of the Electoral Commission Act 51 of 1996, and mandated to recommend candidates to the Committee of the National Assembly for appointment by the President to the Electoral Commission met on 27 September 2011, at the InterContinental Hotel, Johannesburg to interview shortlisted candidates for the impending vacancies in Electoral Commission.
The Panel reconvened on 28 September 2011 and recommended the following candidates to the National Assembly:
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