Venezuela awaits official result in bastion state of Chavismo

Venezuela awaited on Thursday the announcement of the National Electoral Council, the highest organism for the elections in the OPEC country, about the winner in a historic government for Chavismo and in which the opposition candidate has declared his victory.

Referential file image of a person casting his vote during the elections to state governors and mayors, in Caracas

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Referential file image of a person casting his vote during the elections to state governors and mayors, in Caracas

The South American country held elections for governors, mayors and councilors on Sunday, in which the participation was 42% of the 21 million voters and in which the ruling party of President Nicolás Maduro won 19 governorships and the opposition in three, according to the results given between the day of the election and Monday.

There is only one governorate to be defined, that of the Barinas state, in the west of the country and considered for years a bastion of the ruling party because the late former president Hugo Chávez was born there and where his brother Argenis was seeking re-election on Sunday.

An eventual victory in Barinas by opposition leader Freddy Superlano, who belongs to the party of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, would be more symbolic than a show of opposition strength, because with a fourth regional government he would remain in the same position he had before the elections: 4 regional mandates that he won in the previous elections of 2017.

The delays in proclaiming the winner, an announcement that should have been made 48 hours after the election with a 24-hour extension, according to local regulations, puts pressure on the National Electoral Council, which in May included two opponents among its 5 main directors, who They describe it as the most balanced board of directors of the CNE in the last two decades.

None of the five directors of the CNE, including the two opponents, Roberto Picón and Enrique Márquez, have ruled on the delay in the proclamation of Barinas, which, according to data from the CNE, has some 607,642 registered voters of which more than 218,000 voted.

(Reporting by Vivian Sequera, Mayela Armas and Deisy Buitrago.)

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