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Letter of the KKE to the National Electoral Council of Venezuela
To: The National Electoral Council of Venezuela
Notification: Embassy of Venezuela in Athens
Dear Mrs. Indira Alfonso,
President of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela
The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) has always expressed its firm solidarity with the people of Venezuela, it has denounced the imperialist attacks of the USA and their allies against Venezuela by organizing dozens of initiatives, and it has strongly denounced the attempted coup d' état by the imperialists' puppet, Juan Guaidó, to overthrow the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. Our Party has held public rallies with thousands of people in solidarity with the people of Venezuela to condemn the acts of aggression by the imperialists and, in this context, it is in contact with the Venezuelan diplomatic mission in our country.
We are writing this letter to protest and denounce the exclusion of our fraternal Party, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) and the Popular Revolutionary Alternative (APR) electoral coalition from the public and private media of Venezuela during the pre-election period. At the same time, it is provocative that only the candidacies and the pre-election program of the ruling PSUV party and also of the right-wing opposition parties are broadcasted by the public media. All the evidence shows that this situation is a product of political choice aiming at excluding the "annoying" voice of PCV and APR that criticize the policies of the ruling party.
This is an anti-democratic exclusion that violates the democratic rights of the Venezuelan people, attempts to conceal the PCV candidate list from the Venezuelan people and undermines the possibility of electing representatives to the new National Assembly. In addition, it is an illegal exclusion, since it violates Article 81 of the Electoral Law of Venezuela.
We call on the National Electoral Council to take all necessary measures to put an end to the exclusion and censorship against PCV and APR, and to provide equal media coverage of all political combinations by public and private media in the days leading up to the elections.
Member of the PB of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece, Member of the Greek Parliament
Section of International Relations of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece