Venezuela motions in Scottish Parliament 2012

*S4M-04451 Elaine Smith: Victory for Socialism—That the Parliament congratulates Hugo Chavez on his re-election as President of Venezuela following the recent election; understands that President Chavez received 54% of the vote in a historic 80% turnout and that the election process was deemed the best in the world by the former US President, Jimmy Carter; considers this a victory for the people of Venezuela and for socialism; applauds Mr Chavez for his hard work and commitment to Venezuela over the last 14 years, particularly throughout his battle with cancer last year; urges countries throughout the world to take note of Chavez’s socialist policies in this time of hardship, and wishes him success in his next presidential term.

Supported by: Bill Kidd*, Jackie Baillie*, Mike MacKenzie*, David Torrance*, Anne McTaggart*, Patricia Ferguson*, Angus MacDonald*, Iain Gray*, John Finnie*, Richard Lyle*, Rhoda Grant*, Sandra White*

Motion S4M-04292: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/09/2012

Venezuelan Presidential Election

That the Parliament notes that 7 October 2012 will be the 15th national election in Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez was first elected in 1998; understands that a substantial increase in turnout has occurred in recent years, with millions more people being registered to vote, resulting in increased voter turnout; believes that government policies such as free healthcare for all, poverty reduction measures and the eradication of illiteracy have all contributed to more people engaging in the political process; notes that the elections are carried out by the Independent National Electoral Council and have been certified free and fair by what are considered respected international bodies, and wishes the people of Venezuela every success for the future.

Supported by: Gordon MacDonald, Iain Gray, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, David Torrance, Neil Findlay, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Hugh Henry, Mike MacKenzie, Jamie Hepburn, Mark McDonald, Colin Beattie, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson

*S4M-04422 Neil Findlay: Hugo Chavez, Victory in Venezuela—That the Parliament congratulates Hugo Chavez on his victory in the presidential election in Venezuela; notes that the reported turnout in the elections was 81% and understands that President Chavez secured 54.66% of the vote compared with his opponent, Mr Capriles, at 44.73%, and welcomes the commitment to further social change in that country and the president’s stated view that Venezuela “will continue its march toward the democratic socialism of the 21st century".