Tuesday, December 7

Aggressions and irregularities mark the regional elections in Venezuela




The electoral fraud orchestrated by the Nicolás Maduro regime was once again marked by irregularities and denunciations of those who yesterday exercised the vote in the regional elections in Venezuela. During the day, some polling stations in the country were devastated while others opened polling stations with delay due to the lack of polling station personnel. Miranda, Zulia and Lara were some of the entities that registered the most complaints. Brawls, shootings and robberies they sealed the elections that renewed the positions of 23 governors and 4,462 mayors from all over the country.

«We celebrate the 29th day in 22 years, Venezuela has a world record in electoral events with the best electoral system; easy, accessible and auditable, “said Maduro after exercising his right to vote in Caracas.

He also took the opportunity to applaud the presence of international observers as “a good sign of the interest in the world for the elections in Venezuela”, although, as he did this past Saturday, he asked the European Union mission to respect ” humility »the results of the elections.

Voters reproached opposition leaders for the division of their candidates, especially in Miranda, the main federal entity that surrounds the capital city of Caracas, which precipitated their defeat by the confusion of the crossed votes in the electronic machines. Many of the voters of the Chacao municipality revealed to ABC that their votes were invalid because the digital screen of the machine did not correctly reflect the candidacies that replaced those who resigned at the last minute, as was the case of Carlos Ocáríz, nominated for the government of Miranda and who was replaced by David Uzcátegui on the MUD unit card (Bureau of Democratic Unity).

María Esther Nahon, 64, was clear that the regional vote “is not going to remove Maduro from power” and that voting “does not solve the future but it does allow us to build a change because staying at home with crossed arms obstructs the mind and paralyzes ». “We have to act today,” he said, while calling for the opposition to be united.

«They came like crazy»

In a voting center in the San Francisco municipality of Zulia state (west of Venezuela), several armed men appeared, identified as “Chavista collectives” by witnesses, who they opened fire on people who were waiting to vote. A 38-year-old man was killed and two other people were injured after several men fired from white trucks. The incident occurred in the middle of the morning, and those responsible managed to flee.

“He didn’t give us time for anything, just to run and run. They came like crazy shooting, ”a voter told the local newspaper ‘La Verdad’. According to the tetsigos, the men were in vehicles of the Zulia governorate, presided over by the Chavista Omar Prieto.

Closer, in another electoral center, the deputy of the Legislative Council of the state of Zulia, Eduardo Labrador, was also attacked by armed Chavista groups that they attacked the campaign command of the opposition Mesa of the Democratic Unity (MUD). In a video, in which he appears with his face full of blood, Labrador accused the Chavista mayor of San Francisco, Dirwings Arrieta, and the general director of his mayor’s office, of directing the people who attacked the opponents.

In Lara state (center), two human rights activists were attacked by groups of the Nicolás Maduro regime when they made tours of the entity’s centers. Both in Lara and in the state of Miranda, the latter a neighboring state of Caracas, there were also complaints about the impediment of witnesses from the opposition parties to enter the centers. “The access of the representatives of the Democratic Unity Table is not allowed in the centers (of Lara), they are denied to enter the centers on the grounds that there are already representatives of the government and the opposition,” denounced Edgar Zambrano, leader of the historic Democratic Action party.

Venezuela has an exodus of 6 million emigrants, who have fled the crisis generated by Maduro, according to United Nations figures. This digit represents 25% of the electoral census of the total of 21,159,846 voters registered in the CNE.

The Maduro regime made available a million and a half people involved in the regional elections. What happened beyond the automated electronic voting system was recorded by international observers.

Henrique Capriles, one of the few opposition leaders who agreed to participate in the elections, voted at noon in the Baruta area. “I am sure that we will have a voice in the 335 municipalities of the country and the 23 states,” said the opposition leader, and took the opportunity to point out that “there are still tables where the voting process has not started. The Secretary General of Democratic Action (AD), Henry Ramos Allup, did the same in the El Hatillo municipality.

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