Saturday, December 4

Maduro materializes another electoral farce and is left with 20 governorships


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The map of Venezuela will be 87% tinted red from now on, and for the next four years. The regime of Nicolás Maduro took control of 20 of the 23 governorates and with the important Mayor’s Office of Caracas, while the opposition barely managed to win three states. The National Electoral Council (CNE) announced, almost at midnight, the results of the first electoral bulletin with a transmission of 90.21% of the votes. The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Psuv) swept away most of the governorships and snatched important states that it controlled since 2017 from the opposition, such as the border state Táchira.

However, the opposition managed to regain the oil state of Zulia, which borders Colombia to the west, from the regime’s hands.

The opposition Democratic Unity Table (MUD) will retain the Nueva Esparta state (east) and Cojedes (center-west) has won. But, like the ‘Chronicle of an announced death’, the electoral farce was sung at the first moment in which the Chavista president announced that his country would hold elections in November, after having renewed the authorities of the complacent CNE, according to his interests and after having disqualified some thirty opponents and kidnapping the name and symbols of political parties from their main detractors.

According to the CNE, yesterday’s elections had a participation of 41.80% (8,151,700 voters), as predicted by the main pollsters in the country. In Venezuela they competed this Sunday 70,244 candidates from 37 national parties, of which 329 candidates were distributed for the 23 governorates, 4,462 for the 335 mayors and 65,453 for the 253 legislative councils and 2,471 municipal councils. For this day, 21,159,846 Venezuelans were called to attend the more than 14,000 polling stations.

Work with respect

Maduro celebrated yesterday afternoon “the 29th election day in 22 years. Venezuela has a world record in electoral events with the best electoral system; easy, accessible and auditable, “said the Chavista president after exercising his right to vote in Caracas. After knowing the results of the CNE, the Chavista president expressed from the Miraflores palace that “we are winning two more governorships than the last elections and we must assume them with humility. Good win. We have recovered three states that were from the opposition with votes from the people (…) we will work with dialogue. I extend my hand to the opposition governors to work with respect. In 2017, the Psuv obtained 19 governorships and four were in the hands of the opposition.

Interim President Juan Guaidó, for his part, was silent on his social networks throughout Sunday. However, on Saturday, the opposition leader assured on his personal Twitter account that Maduro “will continue to be illegitimate, unknown and also investigated by the ICC (International Criminal Court). He and his regime already know the consequences of circumventing democratic rules. We are in a dictatorship, we must get out of it and the call is to fight together until we achieve it. Guaidó, who is recognized as the legitimate president by more than 50 countries, said before the elections that “it is time to unify the fight to recover our democracy.”

Maduro 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 the results with “humility” of the elections.

300 international observers from various countries of South America and the European Union participated in these elections. Among the group of observers, former president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and the founder of Podemos, Juan Carlos Monedero, came to Caracas to support the electoral farce orchestrated by Maduro. Zapatero, who has been an ally of the Chavista regime, winked at the Venezuelan regime and expressed his appreciation to the CNE. Monedero, for his part, praised the process and said he had seen “the prestige and balance of the electoral body that should be taken as an example by other countries.”

Elections marked by violence

The Venezuelans who decided to participate yesterday, did so in defiance of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the irregularities of the CNE, the traps of Chavismo and the attacks by armed people who support the Maduro regime, according to the complaints published in the media. local communication.

In the state of Zulia (west of Venezuela), it was one of the entities in the country where the most attacks were registered. A 38-year-old man passed away and two other people were injured after several men fired from white vans. The witnesses assured that those responsible are “Chavista collectives”, armed groups that support the Chavista regime. In other voting centers, people were beaten. The deputy of the Legislative Council of Zulia state, Eduardo Labrador, was brutally attacked by armed Chavistas who attacked the campaign command of the opposition Democratic Unity Table (MUD). The states of Carabobo and Lara (center) also had reports of attacks by unidentified individuals.

In the state of Miranda, one of the main entities that borders Caracas, there were delays in some voting centers that prevented voters from voting in the early hours of the day, when other centers in the country had opened their doors. Similarly, some table witnesses and members of important opposition parties were banned from entering. In both Miranda and Caracas, voters had problems with the voting machines and their election, and in several polling stations they did not close at 6:00 p.m. as established by the CNE.

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