Massive Participation in Venezuelan Parliamentary Elections

Massive Participation in Venezuelan Parliamentary Elections
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7 December 2015
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After voting in the educational unit Señora de Pompei, of Caracas, the official said that already is operating the 95 percent of the polling stations and the voters are attending smoothly in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

Hernandez said that the polling stations increasingly allow the attendance of the people registered in National Electoral Council, and highlighted that process is really fast, because it only takes a minute and a half to vote.

About possible irregularities in the day, Hernandez said that they have taken care of logistical details, but there are no reports of significant incidents.

A total of 19.496.296 Venezuelans are invited to participate in parliamentary elections today. They can vote at the 14.515 polling stations opened by the CNE.

Regarding this process, the historian and former Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs Patricia Rodas, one of the international observers invited to the electoral event, highlighted the commitment to peace and the sovereign and popular response of the people going to the polls.

Rodas stressed about the calm atmosphere in which runs the parliamentary elections, which contrasts with the information that she described as 'deceitful and evil' that was spread by international media in order to spread that the process would not be peaceful.

The alliances with the largest number of candidates for the 167 seats at the National Assembly are the left-wing Great Patriotic Pole and the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), from the opposition.

The National Electoral Council invited to the Parliamentary elections a mission from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur in Spanish), the former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the former President of Panama, Martin Torrijos and the Colombian senator Horacio Serpa.

For these elections, the CNE also has the support of the Latin American Council of Electoral Experts (CEELA).

In the other hand, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) invited former presidents of Latin America: Andres Pastrana from Colombia, Jorge Quiroga from Bolivia, Mireya Moscoso from Panama, Luis Alberto Lacalle from Uruguay and Laura Chinchilla and Miguel Angel Rodriguez from Costa Rica, who maintain adverse positions to the Bolivarian Revolution.

Yesterday in a meeting with the President of the Republic, Nicolas Maduro, these former presidents requested the possibility that the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez from Popular Will (Voluntad Popular) could exercise his right to vote, which was granted today.

Lopez was sentenced to 14 years in prison for being the main promoter of violent demonstrations in early 2014, with a balance of 43 dead and over 800 wounded.

According to the General Prosecutor of the Republic, Luisa Ortega, the opposition leader has every right to vote.

Ortega explained that although Lopez was sanctioned with a disqualification order to execute positions of public administration, this measure does not affect his right to vote.

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