A strategic defeat was delivered to imperialism
We need to continue to gain strength

Analysis by the Communist Party of Venezuela
11 October 2012

We need a critical reading of the election results

The Venezuelan people and international forces for peace and progress have been celebrating, first of all because the presidential election process played out peacefully and in an orderly fashion, which shows a strengthening over almost fourteen years of peaceful mechanisms of conflict resolution.
      Secondly, they welcomed the margin by which decisive victory was gained. It left no room for doubts regarding the political option sought by the immense majority of the people in turning back tiny ultra-right groups that for months had gambled on creating destabilising conditions.
      The third cause for celebration is the clear fact that the road for preparing socialism continues to open up, and even the content and scope of socialism are being clarified.
      Venezuela has a population of 29,718,357 inhabitants, of whom 18,903,143 were registered to vote, and in excess of 15 million actually did so. There were six candidates, but it was clear from the beginning that there were two distinct groupings in contention for the electorate: one represented by Hugo Chávez and the other by the figure of Henrique Capriles Radonski. The remaining options added up to no more than 0.6 per cent of the vote.
      Chávez, in his usual style, articulated the necessity of continuing with the Bolivarian Revolution and the construction of Bolivarian Socialism of the 21st Century, while Capriles, determinedly utilising abstract talk of “progress” to cover things up, outlined a laughable kind of capitalism, one in which private enterprise and the bourgeoisie love the people and are so good as to generate employment.
      Evaluating the electoral event of 7 October, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Venezuela underlined the fact that, with the decisive people’s victory led by President Chávez, now re-elected, people and revolutionary forces administered a strategic defeat to imperialism and Zionism.
      Oscar Figueroa, secretary-general of the PCV, pointed out that, “as we have said many times, not only was the presidency of Hugo Chávez at stake on 7 October but also the destiny of the Venezuelan, Latin American homeland was being decided. Also at stake was whether or not the advance of national and international forces in the interest of peoples of our continent would continue.”
      Speaking for the PCV, the Communist leader sent greetings to all the Venezuelan people, all men and women who showed up to cast their vote, whatever political position they took. “We want to send a greeting to all Venezuelan people without exception who took part massively as protagonists in an exercise that was practical and of the people. The process by which they exercised their right in order to decide who has to lead the national executive helped build their protagonist role.”
      The greeting and acknowledgement that the PCV offered goes out to the peoples of the world who expressed their solidarity with the Bolivarian process. Within that context “we can affirm that we have obtained a decisive people’s victory and that, at the same time, we have achieved a strategic defeat to forces of imperialism, allied with international Zionism. They tried to turn back the wheel of history,” he declared.

A critical reading of the results

The PCV declared itself satisfied with the victory gained in the re-election of President Chávez for the next presidential period but added further: “All is not okay.”
      “It’s a popular victory with an edge,” said Figueroa, “because from our viewpoint these results, while conveying a message of support and commitment for the process, demonstrate a critical message stemming from the way votes by the anti-imperialist alliance were distributed.”
      Figueroa called upon political and social forces within the process to undertake a profoundly critical evaluation, allowing us not only to determine where our successes are so that we c
an harness and expand on them—they are many and large—but also to identify where errors are.
      On being identified, these errors “merit” being corrected, with the active participation of workers, of communities and indigenous people, along with popular Christian currents identified with the change process. This means correcting them through proposals emanating from the working class and the general workers’ movement. They feature a demand that talking about proposals to construct a socialist society should correspond to forms, ways and styles not only of producing but also of directing centres of production, Figueroa stated.
      “One more message that these election results saddle us with is the oft-spoken necessity to proceed in constructing a collective leadership of the Bolivarian process that, together with President Chávez, will guide the advanced stage that has to come. That’s another message that the presidential election left for us.”
      Figueroa added that not only must there be collective leadership in order to determine the basic guidelines of the process but that this must also be the case in ministries, in state-run companies, etc. “We have to break with the concept of unilateral leadership, of vertical command, which is a method of leadership imposed by capitalism and imperialism. The purpose is to advance in the direction of new social relations of production. Qualitatively, we will be inserting something new in the Venezuelan political process, Figueroa said.

PCV committed to the Venezuelan Revolution

The PCV reaffirmed its historic commitment to the Venezuelan, continental and world revolution, one consistent with anti-imperialist struggle and on to socialism. “And, at the same time being a revolutionary political organisation, Marxist-Leninist and Bolivarian, we are obliged to maintain a relevant, critical and totally autonomous profile,” Figueroa stressed.
      “We have been, and we’ll keep on being, a force committed to revolutionary changes in Venezuela, on the continent, and in the world, in solidarity and as communists. And we are inclined to deliver everything within our power in order to advance the revolution. This requires of us the obligation to maintain the collective, far-reaching construction of our political line and its expression, in a sovereign, autonomous and purposeful way.”
      This political line is part of a politics of the broadest possible anti-imperialist unity that at present finds its expression in the Grand Patriotic Pole and in the construction of a more advanced Popular Revolutionary Bloc that allows struggle for the construction of socialism to move ahead.

Qualitatively superior voting

The PCV evaluated the electoral leap forward obtained in voting for Chávez on the party’s electoral card, which registered a 37 per cent increase over 2006.
      As evaluated by the Figueroa, “we recognise, value and thank workers, the working class, small farmers, revolutionary intellectuals, rebel youth, progressive religious sectors associated with liberation theology, and, in general, organised communities that acted on their decision to support President Chávez with a vote on the Red Rooster [Communist Party] Card, qualitative in nature.”
      The Communist Party of Venezuela obtained 486,503 votes throughout the country—almost half a million. That amounts to 3.3 per cent of the total. This result, said Figueroa, comes “from our correct policy of an alliance, of broad, anti-imperialist people’s unity, which must continue moving us towards strengthening the party of the working class.”
      The PCV recognises that that voting attained in these elections, apart from votes for the party itself, is the result of varying currents within the workers’ movement and the people’s movement that in this election have been expressed qualitatively. “We want to recognise that, and we want to say that this was not just about the elections of 7 October but is part of the project of a political line that has to keep on building, a project of revolutionary unity.”
      In an analysis the PCV undertook of previous presidential elections, in 2000 the PCV contributed towards Chávez’s candidacy one out of every 67 votes the alliance gained; in 2012, through the PCV card, it contributed one out of every 17 votes.
      “It is recognition by broad sectors that see the PCV epitomising a direction of revolutionary consistency, of revolutionary loyalty in struggle. That’s a reliability that says where things have to be corrected and where errors are, because revolutionary loyalty is not saying Yes to everything unconditionally. Whoever is loyal is critical and self-critical in a revolutionary way.”

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