The President of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, along with CNE Vice-president Janeth Hernández and CNE acting Director Humberto Castillo met on Thursday with representatives from the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (Ceofan). They met to discuss security and logistics for the 2009 referendum.
According to a press release, the meeting, which took place in the Simón Bolívar cultural venue of Fort Tiuna in Caracas, also included the heads of military garrisons from throughout the country, officials from the CNE and directors from regional electoral offices. Together they coordinated plans for the upcoming vote.
The head of Strategic Operational Command, Jesús González González, noted that 140 thousand members of the military will take part in guaranteeing the security and safety of electoral activities. 35 thousand of these members will be from the Bolivarian National Militia.
González González indicated that the security perimeter of polling stations, determined by the CNE for last November’s elections, will be maintained. This area can extend up to two hundred meters outside of the polling station.
“The Bolivarian National Armed Force will not allow any violation of the law under any circumstances or any scenario,” he explained.
Furthermore, González González guaranteed safety, order and tranquility so that all Venezuelans could exercise their right to vote in the February 15th referendum for a constitutional amendment.
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / January 22, 2009