Forming a Communal Council: Popular Organisation in El Manicomio, Caracas

An  image gallery of the process of forming a communal council in Venezuela, taken from the experience of El Manicomio in Caracas.

By Rachael Boothroyd Rojas and Copromilca Communal Council

The communal councils are one of the Bolivarian revolution’s foremost initiatives for building direct democracy and popular power. Delegates are elected to specific working groups for a period of two years in community level elections.

Once elected, the delegates work to develop a number of different areas according to the needs of the community; including in housing, finance, education, culture, health, people’s economy, science and technology and community media. Communitiy assemblies must be called regularly by the delegates, in order for them to answer to the community and incorporate the community’s proposals into their work plan.

After forming a preliminary "electoral committee," a community assembly is called in order to ratify the members of th