Rafael Simón Jiménez, ber of the board of the National Electoral Council (CNE), resigned this Thursday, according to statements offered to the media.
Jiménez informed HispanoPost that he will go to the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) on Thursday to formalize his resignation, which he considers “does not alter the development of the electoral question at all.”
He added that he becomes a political actor to claim on the street what he considers the opposition should claim “motivating people to activism and participation,” he said.
“I have established a very clear position on the issues on the political debate and in a country as polarized and confronted as is Venezuela, that has consequences. So I have considered that my best field is the field of political struggle, which is where I have always been”, he stressed.
Jiménez was appointed as vice president of the CNE on June 12 when the TSJ swore in the new directive of the Electoral Power, made up of rectors Indira Alfonzo, José Luis Gutiérrez, Gladys Gutiérrez and Tania D’Amelio. He was also the president of the CNE’s Commission for Political Participation and Financing.
On July 24, he had declared in an interview with the Panorama newspaper that “the great challenge facing the new Electoral Power is to rescue the credibility of Venezuelans in the vote as an instrument of change in democracy”.
Jiménez was a deputy to the Congress for Barinas state (1999) and to the National Assembly (2000-2006), he was active in the organizations Movimiento Al Socialismo (1998-2002), Por la Democracia Social (2002-2003), Vamos (2003-2005) ), Polo Democrático (2005-2007) and Un Nuevo Tiempo (2007).