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Venezuela votes by dropper in questioned parliamentarians

Caracas, Dec 6 (EFE) .- Venezuela votes by dropper this Sunday in legislative elections that summoned more than 20 million citizens and that are held despite the rejection of the National Assembly (AN, Parliament), with a clear opposition majority, and a good part of the international community. The elections will serve to fill the 277 seats that the Chamber will have from January 5, 2021, when the legislators who are elected this day will be installed. THE “FIESTA” Chavismo began the so-called “electoral party” an hour before the opening of the centers with numerous concentrations in various parts of the country, in which they launched fireworks and played trumpet music, known as toque de diana, which sounds every time elections are held in Venezuela. When the electoral opening time arrived, six in the morning (10.00 GMT), they began to gradually open these points but it was not until four hours later that the National Electoral Council (CNE) offered a first bulletin to inform that 95% of the centers they were already operational. The executive vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, was the first representative of the Executive to cast the vote. Later, he called on citizens to “vote en masse” as an expression against the sanctions imposed on Venezuela in recent years, especially by the United States. “Five years ago, those who came to Parliament kidnapped him (…) the day came to rescue the Venezuelan Parliament,” he told journalists, alluding to the opposition led by Juan Guaidó, current head of the Legislative Assembly and recognized as interim president of Venezuela for about 50 countries. ABSTENTION Local media and opposition leaders have released numerous images that show voting centers without voters in line, a situation that Efe was able to verify in some parts of Caracas and Maracaibo, the capital of Zulia state, the two largest cities in the country. The opposition that supports Guaidó and that does not participate in this contest because it considers it fraudulent has followed the development of the day to denounce the irregularities that, they say, are being committed throughout the country. By noon, voter turnout had been 7.6%, “which reveals that the majority of Venezuelans do not support this fraud,” says an opposition statement that established an “Observatory against Fraud” to monitor these elections. THE OBSERVATION Even though the votes will not be recognized by the European Union (EU) or by the Organization of American States (OAS), the process has had international oversight through the accompaniment of observers from a dozen countries in America, Africa and Europe, according to the CNE. One of those companions is the former president of the Spanish Government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who appeared this Sunday before journalists in Caracas to express his support for the Venezuelan legislatures and request the end of the sanctions against the South American country. “I want the EU to reflect after these elections, to evaluate what the sanctions policy has given itself,” he said after referring to the “failure” of US President Donald Trump in his attempt to remove Maduro from power. through financial constraints. Rodríguez Zapatero called for the abstentionists to reflect and urged them to join the next elections, since he expressed his respect for those who decided not to participate while emphasizing the plurality that, he assured, prevails in the elections this Sunday. Former presidents Evo Morales, from Bolivia, Rafael Correa, from Ecuador, and Fernando Lugo, from Paraguay, are other international escorts present in the country. THE ASPIRANTS The minority group of the opposition that does participate in the elections has indicated that there has been a 40% turnout during the morning. “That says a lot, the popular sectors are participating en masse, a little less in the middle class areas of the entire national territory,” said the opposition Timoteo Zambrano, representative of the alliance of parties that groups five formations. Although the big names of the opposition will not go to the elections, some of their parties will, intervened by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ). After the intervention, the Supreme Court appointed former militants expelled from the organizations and accused of corruption by their former colleagues as party leaders, leaving aside those politicians who led them up to that moment. On the official side, all the best-known leaders have already voted, among them the candidates Diosdado Cabello, Jorge Rodríguez and Cilia Flores, wife of the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro. THE DIALOGUE Maduro voted this Sunday and asked Venezuelans to settle their differences through debate, “about the truth of each person”, respect and dialogue. In a long statement to the media after casting his vote, he appealed to “the republican institutions” as “the only way in which you can choose”, in accordance with the Constitution and “with the vote of the people.” “Today a new National Assembly (AN, Parliament) is born,” said the president after criticizing the outgoing, which the opposition won with a clear majority in December 2015. Maduro actively participated in the political campaign, which included numerous mass rallies in In the middle of the covid-19 pandemic, and almost at the end he promised to leave the Presidency in case the opposition wins the votes again, something practically impossible for it to happen due to the way the process was configured. Héctor Pereira (c) EFE Agency

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