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Venezuela votes in regional elections from an international perspective

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Election campaign banners of ruling party candidates Miranda Hector Rodriguez, far-right and mayoral candidate Sucre Jose Vicente Rangel, are hung on a street in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Nov. 2021. Regional elections will be held on November 21st (AP Photo / Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuela’s electoral system will be tested Sunday as millions of voters across the South American country are expected to decide thousands of races in regional elections. thoroughly checked.

The contest will be observed by more than 130 international monitors, mainly from the European Union, in response to the longstanding demands of opponents of President Nicolás Maduro. It will mark the first time in four years that the main opposition parties have participated in an election, a decision that comes as negotiations between the ruling party and opponents are currently suspended.

More than 21 million Venezuelans are eligible to vote in more than 3,000 elections, including 23 governors and 335 mayors. More than 70,000 candidates participated in the races.

Maduro was not on the ballot. His term ends in 2025. But what is at stake is the legitimacy of the National Electoral Council, which has often been accused of facilitating Maduro’s allies after so many marked years. by the decision to eliminate parties and some of the most popular opposition candidates.

International observers have been deployed throughout Venezuela to observe election conditions such as fairness, media access, campaign activities and the disqualification of candidates. They are expected to release a preliminary report early next week and a deeper look next year.

This is the first time in 15 years that EU observers are present in Venezuela. In previous elections, foreign observation was mainly carried out by multilateral and regional electoral organizations close to the Venezuelan executive.

Historically, voter turnout in state and municipal elections has been low. The vote ceiling has hovered around 70%.

Regardless of turnout, Sunday’s election could mark the arrival of new opposition leaders, cementing alliances and drawing boundaries to be followed by Maduro’s opponents. Those who came to these elections were ravaged by internal rifts, often rooted in their frustration at their inability to remove power to the heirs of the late President Hugo Chávez.

Félix Seijas, director of statistical research firm Delphos, said: “What we will see is a battle for second place because second place will have the symbolic meaning of which opposition should be defeated. more containment, that will carry more weight.” He added that the results will show in the end who “is the second force” of the country, and which part of the opposition represents it.

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