Democracy Exposed: The Tascon List In Venezuela

Democracy is like a forest full of fireflies, beautifies the essence of social life and is only visible to sneak into the night. Alter your secretiveness is spoiling its beauty. The importance of the laws establishing the right to vote in all democratic states is vital, shaping, integration and legitimacy of any government depends on the representativeness of the achieved through universal suffrage enshrined in the constitutions. However, the balance between the secrecy of the vote and the right given to citizens to participate in public affairs has fractured state in Venezuela, thus breaking free of the vote on autonomy and sowed suspicion in a country see how its forest of fireflies lost anonymity and blackens the cloud of totalitarianism. Nobody is willing to say that in Venezuela there is no democracy, but it is debatable that this is a healthy form of government within the meaning of the perennial weakness of its democratic institutions.

The famous “Tascon list” has uncovered the nakedness of a democratic system where censorship is the glue that leads the citizen to take action in fear. The vote is in principle free, but covertly created the conditioning of the apprehension. Tascon gained notoriety in Venezuelan politics by publicly a list of names of people who signed the form to activate the recall referendum on August 15, 2004 to decide on the continuation of Hugo Chavez to the Head of State. Although later the President of the Republic sent to “bury” the list during the V Mobile Cabinet, the “Tascon list” has been the source of all kinds of discrimination that the media has overlooked and which today continues to be a drag for freedom in Venezuela.