Venezuela is Trolling You – Further-evidence-as-though-any-were-needed Edition

private-category-100troll-bigOh, Tibi, never change

Venezuela and Russia Sign Electoral Cooperation Agreement

La presidenta del Consejo Nacional Electoral, Tibisay Lucena, y el vicepresidente primero de la Comisión Electoral de Rusia, Stanislav Vavilov, suscribieron este miércoles un protocolo de cooperación bilateral para el intercambio de experiencias en material electoral, especialmente enfocado hacia los avances tecnológicos que caracterizan al sistema electoral venezolano.

Durante una rueda de prensa ofrecida desde la sede del organismo electoral ruso, la máxima autoridad electoral de Venezuela expresó su satisfacción por la firma de este convenio de cooperación al que calificó de efectivo en el intercambio de experiencias desde el punto de vista tecnológico, jurídico y logístico.

Manifestó que la experiencia venezolana, en la aplicación de nuevas tecnologías para automatizar los procesos electorales, permite asegurar que su uso impacta positivamente en los estándares de excelencia y calidad de las elecciones, lo cual redunda en beneficio de los pueblos.

What’s next? A bilateral task force on Air Quality with Syria?!

[Hat tip: Un pajarito.]

27 thoughts on “Venezuela is Trolling You – Further-evidence-as-though-any-were-needed Edition

        • No jodas, we would need to offer the Russians 10 crates of Pampero rum for them to accept Tibi.
          I just took a look at the biography of this Stanislav Vavilov man in Wikipedia.
          He was born in 1956. He was a low level worker for many years, a fitter. He went to study at a Party school in Khabarovsk. That is located in El Quinto Coño, in the region Stalin designated for the Jewish Republic. He was there some sort of Apparatchik for years, did something on politics at “college” level there or so. He only graduated in law in 1997, at 41. And he was designated as head of Russia’s CNE by someone whose first name starts with “V”.


          • Haven’t you noticed something similar about many chavista high ranks?People in their late forties, fifties and sixties who should have some credentials before chavismo seem to have only appeared in 1999. Even Tibi herself who is supposed to be a chavista technocrat doesnt have any professional record before 1999 she was apparently hiding under a rock


            • Yeah, but in this case Tibi really looks like an accomplishment.

              Here you have the guy:

              He is not precisely Pushkin.
              And he says Russian elections are becoming cleaner and cleaner.
              The wanker.


          • Soviet-era joke:

            Two old schoolmates meet after many years. They discuss various former classmates. Mikhail’s now a doctor, Natasha’s a teacher, Fyodor’s an engineer. And so on.

            “What about Dorko Dorkovich?” says one.

            “Oh, him?” says the other. “He trained as an electrician, but he managed to blow all the fuses in a whole office block.:”

            “Typical Dorko.”

            “But his father had a lot of influence, and got him a job as gardener. Everything died. Then he was a truck driver, and tried to drive under a low bridge.”

            “So what’s he doing now?”

            “Working for the Party, of course.”


      • Just to get it on record… the Carter phrase (“best”) is misused and taken out of context. To continue to suggest that the Carter Center has given the Venezuelan regime the “gold star” for democratic electoral process bona fides is less than accurate.

        Link 1:

        In August 2012, the Carter Center declined to participate in the substandard observation process requested by the Venezuela non-independent electoral commission. The link above from the Carter Center offers its rationale.

        Link 2:

        On April 18, 2013, the Carter Center made its preliminary statement on the most recent election. Many have suggested that it endorsed the current hegemony but a closer reading of this highly diplomatic statement and a more reasonable one, given the highly unstable nature of the current government and anti-constitutional actions offers the following:

        — “urges…respecting the legal order and the constitutional rights of all citizens.”

        — “…call for the initiation of a new political dynamic characterized by a frank and sustained national dialogue to facilitate democratic coexistence.”

– “…mutual recognition of the political actors. Without this, the country cannot advance.”

        — “…dialogue should include discussion of minimum agreements needed to find solutions to the major challenges Venezuela faces, as well as how to define the rules and institutions that guarantee conditions of fair play…”

– “…has the right to submit a legal challenge in conformity with the procedures established by Venezuelan jurisprudence, and to expect that this challenge will receive the appropriate consideration from electoral and judicial authorities.”

– “Citizens have the right to express their demands and opinions peacefully, with state guarantees of their political and civil rights, as well as their personal security.”

– “Capriles had previously announced a series of concerns about the electoral process and solicited an audit of 100 percent of the precincts to verify the correspondence between the paper receipt of the electronically transmitted votes, the vote tallies emitted by the voting machines, and the voter registry log book at each precinct before deciding whether to accept the results.”

        — “Clear and transparent information about the voting process and results, including responses to complaints, enhances confidence in and legitimacy of those results. The Capriles campaign’s formal submission of the irregularities they have identified, and an expeditious and full response from the CNE, should help to lower the tensions generated by the April 14 election results.”

– “Condemns…expressions of verbal aggression and contempt for individuals [as they] create conditions for physical aggression, particularly in conditions of high tension like those Venezuela is experiencing at the moment.

– “The Center encourages and applauds the adoption of measures and language to avoid violence or discrediting of those who think differently.”

– “As part of its monitoring of the Venezuelan political-electoral process, the Center accepted the CNE’s invitation to accompany the April 14 presidential elections. The delegation included former President of Panamá Martín Torrijos, ex-Minister of Government in Colombia Horacio Serpa, ex-Ombudsman of Costa Rica Rodrigo Alberto Carazo; Director of the Carter Center Americas Program Jennifer McCoy, Associate Director of the Carter Center Americas Program Marcelo Varela, and Carter Center Representative in Venezuela Héctor Vanolli.

        In its role of electoral accompaniment, which differs from electoral observation, The Carter Center could not present an evaluation of the overall electoral process.


        • “As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world,” Mr. Carter said, noting the center’s extensive work monitoring elections around the globe.


            • I should have said making ill informed, spurious, specious and facetious claims.

              Three things:

              First, please read the prefatory sentence in the article from that media source of considerable record. His, and the reporter’s, context was the SMARTMATIC technology. Please note: “…a touch-screen voting system that both stores votes electronically and via paper ballots, allowing easier verification of the election results.”

              Secondly, please read the July 3, 2013 Carter Centre Interim Report to get a sense of what you, I believe are suggesting is “the best” electoral process and are ascribing to the former US President.

              Excerpted Recommendations and Observations

              1. Clarify the regulations governing the participation of public officials and civil servants in campaign activities. Election law and regulations prohibit Venezuelan public officials and civil servants from conducting campaign activities in the exercise of their public duties. However, The Carter Center noted an extensive participation of public officials and civil servants in campaign activities.

              2. Ensure greater campaign equity.
              a.) Although the constitution requires elected officials below the rank of president to step down from their positions in order to declare their candidacy for president, it does not require a president running for re-election to do so. This gives an unequal incumbency advantage to a person running for re-election to the highest office in the land.
              i. In addition, Venezuela (alone in the region), provides no direct or indirect public financing for electoral campaigns or political organizations. Venezuelan legislators could consider:
              ii. Provide free and equitable access to public and private media for campaign messages.
              iii. Regulate and enforce equally campaign messages in the pre-election period.
              iv. Limit or prohibit the use of cadenas and inauguration of public works in a specified period prior to the elections.
              v. Limit the right of public officials to campaign for members of their own party or coalition.

              3. Better enforce the regulation of the use of state resources for political purposes. Venezuela law prohibits the use of public resources for political campaigns; yet national observer organizations and other NGOs have documented the use of public resources for political purposes.

              4. Clarify the role of the paper receipts. …election regulations that provide for verification of the electronic results through a count of the paper receipts emitted by the machines for purposes of “transparency and confidence in the system,” do not specify contingencies should there be a significant discrepancy in this verification.

              5. Provide more information about the performance of the biometric identification system and include audits of the duplicity of fingerprints and incidences of the SAI in the published chronogram of audits. The System of Integrated Authentication (SAI) was introduced in the October 2012 elections at least in part to authenticate that the voter casting the ballot is the voter properly registered at that voting table, and to prevent multiple voting or usurpation of identity. Providing additional information after the scheduled audit in August about the performance of the machines in their first uses (October and December 2012 and April 2013) will help inform all Venezuelans about the extent to which the new system serves its intended purpose.

              6. Improve the quality of the voting experience on election day. A number of observations by national observer organizations and political campaigns indicated serious issues of influence or pressure on voters.

              7. Audit and update the electoral registry. Questions about the list in Venezuela have tended to focus more on the possibilities of over-inclusion (unremoved deceased persons, homonyms, foreigners not eligible to vote) than on exclusion of citizens from the list. Although the campaigns received a copy and participated in and signed off on a review of the electoral registry used for both the October and April presidential elections, continuous updating of electoral registries poses a persistent challenge…

              And for good measure, please note the response to the question of “the best” by The Carter Center’s Director of The Americas Program at a panel discussion which took place less than a week after the presidential elections on April 14,
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  1. The Electoral Commission is tone-deaf if they think this will better their reputation. Most people in the West know that Putin is no democrat, but know little of Tibisay’s work for Chavez and Maduro. Now, they will assume the worst.


  2. Wait a minute! Doesn’t Venezuela already have the best electoral system in the world? Is Venezuela helping the Russians… or vice versa? WTF? Over.


  3. OT: Maduro UNGA no-show: smartest thing he’s done.

    Top Ten Reason why Nick Ripe cancelled UN:

    1. Entourage driving him crazy
    2. He does not want to look like a fool
    3. Asked not to speak by Raul
    4. He does not trust his entourage in NYC
    5. He’s pissed about failed China loans
    6. The NSA has him spooked
    7. He’s pissed about Air France cocaine
    8. He could not wait to get back to Caracas

    A shout out to my favorite revolutionary bride Eva Golinger. Sorry to hear El Jefe couldn’t make it but look at the bright side, you don’t have to deal with the riffraff.


  4. #10 He couldn’t think of anything to top Chavez’s “Bush is the Devil” speech at the U.N.
    #11 In his heart, he knows that he and Venezuela have become a laughing stock in the real world.


      • Maduro is just a bumbling fool, and he’s not even that funny. A good comedian or showman has supreme self confidence, based on his flip flopping (accusing Polar and then backing down for example) we know he lacks that. Without self confidence, a comedian is reduced to slapstick , but Maduro doesn’t do enough slapstick, the bike was a good start though. He’s still a long way to go to match the three stooges.


  5. the Lt. Col who is the fall guy….yhey first announce his transfer and then arrest him? There may be a squabble between Maduro and the Generals behind this.


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