RESULTS: PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS 2015

The Democratic Union Roundtable becomes new majority of the National Assembly
(ElEstimulo, 07/12/2015)

The President of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, announced this December 7th early morning at 12:30 pm the first report with the results of this December 6th parliamentary elections. Lucena said that for that moment, the transmission of data was 96,03 percent and the participation accounted 74,25 percent of the citizens registered on the voter registration. The results were as follows:

  • Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD): 72 deputies on nominal mode and 27 on list, for a total of 99 seats on the National Assembly.
  • Venezuela United Socialist Party (PSUV): 24 deputies on nominal mode and 22 on list, for a total of 46 seats on the National Assembly.
  • The remaining of the 167 seats is comprised by 22 deputies that are still to be decided and that represent 12 districts. Deputies from Amazonas, Apure, Aragua, Carabobo, Guárico, Lara, Monagas and Mérida have still not being announced.

It is important to emphasize that the Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD) already has simple majority because for that it necessary to have 84 seats and the opposition (MUD) already has 99. Additionally, if proportions remain on the same ratio, the Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD) would be able to reach 113 deputies, which would enable them to reach both qualified majorities: the 3/5 (101) and the 2/3 (112).

Government prohibits public manifestations until Monday 07 at 6 pm
(ElEstimulo, 07/12/2015)

The minister for the defense of Venezuela, Vladimir Padrino, stated that the prohibition of public rallies will continue until this December 7th at six in the afternoon. Additionally, Padrino reminded citizens that it is prohibited the possession of weapons and the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Developing News N°4: Parliamentary Elections

CNE extended  voting hours until 7:00 pm
(NoticiaAlDía 12/06/2015 – MiamiDiario 12/06/2015)

The vice president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Sandra Oblitas, said that the official closing time of the polling stations would be extended until 7 pm or until they had more voters on the lines outside voting centers. Meanwhile the principal rector of the CNE, Luis Emilio Rondón, stated that the extension of voting hours was “illegal” since it violates the existing electoral legislation which stipulates that at 6:00 pm voting centers need to be closed. Rondón indicated that he was not consulted about this decision. This message was reinforced by Vicente Diaz, former rector of the CNE. Opposition leaders such as Henry Ramos Allup and Julio Borges declared it is illegal to extend the hours for voting. Voting centers have yet no closed.

CNE revokes credentials of some international observers
(ElUniversal, 12/06/2015- Panorama, 12/06/2015- TelesurTV, 12/06/2015)

The National Electoral Council (CNE) revoked credentials of international ex mandatory’s (Jorge Quiroga, Luis Alberto Lacalle y Andrés Pastrana). Tibisay Lucena, president of the National Electoral Council, stated that the members of the Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (IDEA) broke the law by offering statements about the Venezuelan electoral process. Diosdado Cabello demanded that  these former leaders had to be expelled from Venezuela  since their statements were “unfriendly misplaced and out of context”. Tibisay Lucena said the electoral body will not allow the media or foreign international political actors to “come and make statements that have nothing to do with what should correspond with visitors who come to accompany the political bodies”.

Failures in several polling stations
(EfectoCocuyo, 12/06/2015- ElNacional, 12/06/2015- CorreoDelCaroní, 12/06/2015)

Numerous sources reported machine failures at polling stations. In Anzoátegui, Bolivar, Carabobo and Mérida states, local media reported incidents during the electoral process. In Valencia, in the school Ramon Diaz Sanchez, voters complained that there were many invalid votes due to alleged problems with voting machines. In Barcelona (Anzoátegui) voters spent more than five hours in line waiting. Another problem reported was a lack of public transport, a problem that often affects the rural parishes of Pozo Verde and Yocoima. Juan Guaido, candidate for the National Assembly of the Vargas state denounced the technical failure of four voting machines caused problems in the polling center Liceo José María Spain.

Motorcyclists attack voting centers in Zulia
(Efecto Cocuyo, 12/06/2015 – Caraota Digital, 12/06/2015)

Around 4:00 pm, a group of at least 20 motorcyclists reached areas surrounding the Educational Unit Santa Maria, located in Sabaneta at the south of Maracaibo, for allegedly intimidating the voters waiting in this center. Similarly, two motorcyclists released three Molotov cocktails at the primary school FVM in Maracaibo. According to the coordinator of this center, Sixto Flores, the situation was controlled by members of the Republic Plan.

After several delays and confusion, Leopoldo Lopez exercised his right to vote
(CaraotaDigital, 12/06/2015 – Analítica, 12/06/2015)

Leopoldo López attorney, Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, said that the leader the leader of the political party Popular Will (VP) was finally able to vote after delays and confusion. Earlier in the afternoon, Jesus Torrealba, executive secretary of the Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD), also reminded that authorizing Leopoldo Lopez to exercise his right to vote was not a cause for celebration, since first of all Leopoldo should not be imprisoned. Julio Borges and Lilian Tintori had previously declared that Leopoldo would not be able to vote, but he was finally able to do so. The situation about the remaining 75 political prisoners continues to be unknown.

Public transportation was used for political purposes during the Election Day
(ElNacional, 12/06/2015 – EntornoInteligente, 12/06/2015)

Enzo Scarano, former mayor of San Diego in Carabobo state, denounced by his Twitter account a picture that shows a Trans Carabobo identified with a message of mobilization for circuit 2. Scarano left a message attached to the photo that said: “the abuse of public resources in Guacara. Electoral advantage”. Additionally, in the streets of Apure state, vehicles of official usage were employed to mobilize militantes of the Great Patriotic Pole (GPP) or materials such as posters and banners alluding to the Bolivarian revolution.

Developing News Nº 3: Parliamentary Elections 2015

PSUV installed a situation room in a national primary sector company

(ElNacional, 12/06/2015- ElEstímulo, 12/06/2015)

Juan José Mendez, president of CVG Carbonarca, a hydrocarbon public enterprise, posted a picture on their twitter of a PSUV meeting in the company. The objective of the meeting was to verify if their workers had voted. The same case has been repeated in other public enterprises where workers have  been obligated to vote. This is a direct violation to the article 13 of the anti corruption law which states that “…all public enterprises and workers are at the service of the state and not at the service of neither political parties nor political ideologies…”.

Violation of the electoral laws by government representants

(ElImpulso, 12/06/2015- ElNacional, 12/06/2015- ElNacional, 06/12/2015)

Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, invited undecided citizens to vote for the PSUV. The law for electoral processes stipulates that no propaganda should be done after the time for campaign. The deadline for the campaign process was set on December the third. Inviting people to vote for a specific political party is considered propaganda and is therefore, a violation to the law.

 6D: Censorship becomes present in Venezuelan elections

(NoticiasBarquisimeto, 12/06/2015- ElNacional, 12/06/2015)

Groups of the Republic Plan have prohibited the access to different electoral centers to media from the Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD). On the other hand, the head of the international commission of MUD, reported that the national media was censored, stating that there are no national television channels transmitting information from the opposition. This report was taken to the Unasur mission in Venezuela. Members of the MUD also announced that they will be transmitting live footage on their YouTube channel and that they expect mass support  from Venezuelans.

 Leopoldo López has not yet voted

(La Patilla, 12/06/2015)

Former presidents of Colombia and Bolivia, Jorge Quiroga and Andres Pastrana respectively, accompanied Lillian Tintori while she exercised her right to vote. Both demanded that the word of some authorities who claimed that Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos and other political prisoners may vote today has to be met. It has been said that the voting machines will be moved to the Ramo Verde prision for Lopez to vote but this has not yet occurred.

GNB official assured that “red hotspots” are ordered by the president

(ElNacional, 12/06/15)

An official of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in charge of protecting the voting center Miguel Antonio Caro, in which President Nicolas Maduro votes, stated that maintaining “red hotspots” is a order from the president. The complaint regarding “red hotspots” within 200 meters of the centers has been reported throughout the morning. When asked about it, one of the Plan República members said: “If you want to make the complaint, do it with a photo. I cannot do anything”. Additionally, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) is promoting the location of these concentration points through social media.

Irregularities continue to appear on Venezuelan elections

(ElEstímulo, 12/06/2015 – El Nacional, 12/06/2015 – CaraotaDigital, 06/12/2015)

The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, has responded through the State channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) about allegations of invalid ballots. “It is not an extraordinary, massive thing, we must pay attention to see exactly what it is. We remind voters to do the proper pressure on the button that corresponds to the political organizations of their choice. If their option is not in the machine, they have the option to press again (…)”. Additionally, voters and board members in Enrique Chaume voting center reported that an election offense was committed by a board member who took a picture of his vote. The offender alleged that he committed the crime unconsciously. The board member was taken by officials of the Republic Plan and taken in custody by the Prosecutors Office. The electoral law forbids taking photos when voting.

 

Developing News Nº2: Parliamentary Elections 2015

Serious attacks near polling stations

(ElNacional, 6/12/2015- ElNacional, 6/12/2015)

Chaos and turmoil has been registered near polling centers. Today at 5:00 am, Carlos Martínez, a 47 year-old handicapped man, was murdered while waiting outside of polling center for his wife. At 10:00 am, 5 witnesses, aligned with the opposition, reported they had been victims of aggressions and violence. In Guarenas at 11:00am, David Viana, an opposition district councilor, reported that he was attacked by Miguel Mora, a district councilor aligned with the government. Viana also stated that he was threatened by a man with a gun.

CNE rector announced the hour for the emission of the electoral results

(Noticias24, 6/12/2015)

Luis Emilio Rondón, rector of the National Electoral Council (CNE), expressed that the results of today´s voting process would be announced tree hours after the poll ended. Rondón assured voters, that process of announcing the results would not be delayed by any electrical contingency since the machines all have backup batteries.

6D: Politic proselytism continues to happen even though it is punishable by law

(EfectoCocuyo, 06/12/2015 – ElNacional, 06/12/2015 – ElImpulso, 06/12/2015)

There have been numerous allegations of electoral campaign by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), during this election. In the Bolivarian Educational Unit Colonel Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, one of the largest polling stations in the parish, it was observed the presence of persons belonging to the Hugo Chavez Battle Units in a red dot, less than 200 meters away from polling place, carrying out political propaganda in favor of the government candidate. According to the news portal Efecto Cocuyo the same pattern was presented in various parts of Caracas. Political activists of PSUV handed out propaganda concerning their preferences, although this contravenes the electoral law.

Ismael García denounced that MIN-Unidad is handing fake propaganda in polling centers

(ElNacional, 06/12/2015)

The propaganda being handed in Aragua is supposed to confuse the voter with Ismael García, supposedly as part of MIN-Unidad, insted of MUD, his actual party. On the other hand, the other type of flyers show MIN-Unidad’s candidate Freddy Solórzano, as an ally of Ismael García, which he also denied to be true. The report was emited to the National Electoral Council (CNE) in its regional office by Ismael García, along with International observers, after he pursued his right to vote.

Many electoral irregularities reported

(El Nacional, 06/12/2015 – El Carabobeño, 06/12/2015 – El Nacional, 06/12/2015)

An important number of null votes has been reported. Many indicate that it has to do with technical failures of the machines and ignorance of the voting procedure. For example: not waiting for the machine to recognize the vote and/or the lights on the ballot. On the other hand, irregularities like taking pictures of the receipt emitted by the voting machine and complying with the procedure but getting null votes, appears to be a constant in 13 polling centers in San Diego municipality on Carabobo state.

 Leopoldo Lopez will vote

(El Nacional, 06/12/2015)

The Head Prosecutor of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, informed that political prisoner Leopoldo López may have a prohibition to occupy any governmental positions, but will be able to vote in these elections. After voting, Ortega explained that the order to install the necessary equipments in order to comply with the requirements for López to vote will be sent to the National Electoral Council (CNE).

Developing news Nº1: Parliamentary Elections 2015

Flaws on Electoral Centers

(ElNacional, 6/12/2015 – LaPatilla, 6/12/2015 – LaPatilla, 6/12/2015)

Across the country, several delays in the opening of polling centers have been reported, specifically in the states of Táchira, Mérida, Delta Amacuro, Apure and Amazonas. The National Bolivarian Guard (GNB) points out that this is due to the fact that many of the machines used in the voting process are damaged, the polling centers lack internet connection, and that orders to open the polling centers have yet to be emitted. Other irregularities reported by voters include: Propaganda from the political party PSUV has not ceased; high number of invalid votes; absence of witnesses from the National Electoral Council (CNE).

Barriers with the entrance of witnesses to voting centers and denounces of reports of votes transferring

(ElNacional, 6/12/2015- ElImpulso, 6/12/2015)

Access has been denied to the witnesses of the political party Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD) in several polling centers in the state of Carabobo. The witnesses were allowed to enter the precinct at 7:30 am, two and a half hours later than expected. On the other hand, Tibisay Lucena, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), denied the legality of a document that stated that the votes of the political party Min-Unidad would go to the political party PSUV. Lucena explained that the document was bogus and that her signature was “forged” onto the document.

 

Detention of persons for alleged forgery

(ElCarabobeño, 05/12/2015 – ElNacional, 05/12/2015)

The President of the National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena, reported several people detained due to the forging of postulation documents of a Falcon state deputy. In the aforementioned document, it is implied that the votes of the MIN-Unidad party will be adjudicated to PSUV in the 3rd Circunscription of Falcón. MIN-Unidad’s candidate is Aldo Cermeño, whos votes will go, presumptly, to Jorge Harskour or the National Socialist Unified Party (PSUV). They announced that they have been working with the Prosecutors in order to implement the necessary measures on the case.  On the other hand, Lucena, clarified that she does not possess social media, therefore the communications found on Twitter are sent through fake accounts.

Group of PSUV bikers surround a polling center

(ElNacional, 06/12/2015 – LaPatilla, 06/12/2015)

A group of the Government’s party, the National Socialist Unified Party (PSUV) circled the surroundings with allusive shirts and flags of the PSUV when the polling centre was about to open. This constitutes an electoral fault due to a general prohibition of proselytism of any political party. And it is an even greater fault in the adjacencies of a Polling Centre. Apparently, no measures were taken on the matter.

 

Chacao’s District Counselor, Diego Scharifker, reported the first electoral fault

(ElNacional, 06/12/2015 – LaPatilla, 06/12/2015)

Through Twitter, Chacao’s District Counselor, Diego Scharifker, reported that the Government’s National TV channel, Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), was incurring in political proselytism this morning by promoting the PSUV’s candidates to the National Assembly. Scharifker demonstrated his rejection to these actions by pointing out his “repugnancy and rejection towards these measures” and also demanded that these actions change.

According to the President of the National Electoral Council technologic platform is working at 100 percent

(ElNacional, 06/12/2015 – NotiFalcón, 06/12/2015)

At 5:00 am today, Tibisay Lucena, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), announced that almost one hundred percent of the machinery was already installed in the polling centers. She assured that the voting process was going regularly and that she was pleased with the outcomes. She stated that she expected that at 7:00 am all polling centers would be open.  Luis Emilio Rondón, rector of the National Electoral Council (CNE) reported at 8:00 am that more than ninety percent of the polling centers were open to voters.

Bulletin N° 5: December 05

Venezuela goes to parliamentary elections with hints of a plebiscite
(El-nacional.com, 05/12/2015)

Venezuelans will hold legislative elections this Sunday with hints of a plebiscite for the government of President Nicolas Maduro, facing a severe economic crisis that affects his popularity, and in which the opposition recovered its vigor. Several polls give the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) an advantage over the government party in the vote intention, to achieve at least simple majority. But in the Venezuelan -automatized- electoral system the number of votes not necessarily reflect the number of seats due to a complex method of distribution. Split for years and convinced of a triumph after losing 18 of 19 elections held in the Chavez’s era, the opposition presents itself with a single list of candidates and with the promise of “change” to end the hardships caused by the economic crisis in the country with the largest oil reserves on the planet. “We have every reason in the world to be optimistic, but there should be room for triumphalism,” said Jesus Torrealba, secretary of the MUD.

Two attacks to voting centers were reported
(EfectoCocuyo, 05/12/2015 EleccionesVenezuela)

This December 5th two attacks to the Plan República were reported. The Plan República consists on deploying national soldiers to voting centers, to guaranty the electoral process on the 14,515 voting centers around the country. The acts caused the death of tree citizens and they occurred on Aragua and Miranda. The first one happened this early morning when eight members of the criminal group “El Manota” entered a school and took tree aviation solders as hostages and grabbed their weapons. The Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) and the National Bolivarian Police (PNB) was able to recover the weapons. However, on the operative of the officials, the leader of the criminal group “El Manota” was killed. On the other hand, five hours later, on Miranda, five soldiers were attacked by criminals. The confrontation had as balance the death of the first sergeant Aires Caroní Navarro and a criminal.

Former Latin American Presidents expect Venezuelans to vote, including political prisoners
(Efectococuyo.com, 04/12/2015)

Former Presidents of Panama, Uruguay, Colombia, Costa Rica and Bolivia presented this Friday, December 4th, the “Declaration of Caracas” where former heads of states who conform the Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (Idea) offered their support “to the noble people of Venezuela during the day of elections”. Participants of this mission asked to meet with the National Electoral Council (CNE) and secured that a victory for the opposition would not be a “constitutional coup”, but a democratic act. Before the statement issued by the Secretary of the OAS, Latin American leaders Prequested to meet with the highest authority of the Electoral Power, Tibisay Lucena. “We have formally asked the CNE president an appointment. I sent her a communication on behalf of this group. She has received other missions. She told us that they have no time for us. We have also asked President Maduro our desire to meet” said Pastrana. Leaders of this mission appreciated the participation of Venezuela in their countries when they sought to consolidate democracy and assured Venezuelans that they will accompany them throughout the process to ensure that expression of the voters is met. They stressed the need for scrutiny of the voting tables vote by vote and promoted clarity throughout the day.

Government forced their employees go to campaign closure
(El-nacional.com, 04/12/2015)

In order to ensure the presence of public employees in the closing ceremony of the official election campaign in Caracas, many citizens were limited or unable to perform their errands because organisms closed or only labored until noon. “My supervisor told me he had no choice but to comply with the 1×10 with his subordinates or he was fired,” said an employee who asked not to mention his name. An official of the health sector said that, due to the complaint published in El Nacional, pressure to deliver superiors next Monday a photographed copy of the ballot paper issued on 6-D ceased. The victims reported that militants of the ruling party in the state agencies also applied roll call in the workplace and in the concentration to confirm attendance.

FANB is deployed to safeguard elections
 (Eluniversal.com, 05/12/2015- Eluniversal.com, 03/12/2015)

Minister of Defense and Strategic Operational Commander, Vladimir Padrino López said that the Republic Plan is deployed throughout the country and guarantees, equally, the right to vote in the 23 municipalities declared by the government of President Nicolas Maduro in state of emergency.”The state of emergency, in my opinion, further ensures the democratic exercise that will done on the 6th of December,” he said. He reiterated that the FANB acts with respect for the Constitution, for which has 25,000 men in the military reserve, 49,000 militiamen and 163,000 that make up the Republic Plan, responsible for security of the elections and “with a capacity of quick response in different parts of the territory any need to restore public order “. Padrino López recalled that since Friday, at 6:00 pm, is prohibited the carrying and possession of weapons, the circulation of vehicles with heavy load and buying fireworks until Monday, at 6:00 the afternoon. Also it banned from Saturday any meeting or public gathering. In addition, he called upon for “discipline and responsibility of all political actors” to maintain peace and tranquility in the Republic. “It would be very dangerous if someone claims to be arming groups based on violence and based on the democratic process of the 6th of December, as it is also very dangerous to be talking about parallel electoral councils, seeking to challenge the governing authority in this matter” the minister said.

Enters into force the electoral ban and material for the elections is deployed.
(Telesurtv.net, 04/12/2015- Telesur.net  05/12/2015)

This Friday entered into force the electoral ban in Venezuela for the parliamentary elections to be held on Sunday December 6, a process in which more than 19 million citizens are called to elect new deputies to the National Assembly.The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela made the deployment and verification of the material that will be used this Sunday December 6 during the parliamentary elections. The vice president of the CNE, Sandra Oblitas said that they already tested all the components of the tables and the technology team will work on the Election Day.

Teresa Albanes: “Machines are not manipulated when witnesses are present”
(El-nacional.com, 05/12/2015)

For the former president of the Electoral Commission of the Primaries of the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), the witness “is a key figure in the parliamentary elections”, for which she insisted that they must be present at the electoral centers when they constitute the tables. If a witness is not present, his deputy shall be elected from the first electors that are waiting to vote. Albanes said that citizens should support the work of witnesses in case of a problem in the electoral centers and to prevent irregularities occur, as in past elections, when assisted votes, repeated voting at the tail and other inconveniences were denounced

Bulletin N° 4: November 29

MUD and PSUV finish their election campaigns

(Últimas Noticias, 12/03/2015 – Panorama.com 12/03/2015 – El Nacional 12/03/2015)

The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) closed its campaigns with a concert at the  Francisco de Miranda Avenue. Many people attended the event where known national bands and artists  brought a message of change and hope for Venezuela . Yesterday ended the campaign of the MUD candidates in the capital and the Campaign Command announced that 93.56% of their electoral witnesses were accredited. Also, in recent days other closures of MUD campaigns were reported in various locations inside the country, all with large number of assistance.

On the other hand, the closing of campaign of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela  in the Bolivar Avenue was headed by Maduro who said: “You decide whether to rise on December 6th or to jump off the cliff”. He stressed the importance of maintaining victorious to preserve peace and security in the future, connecting  his speech with loyalty to the deceased Chavez and his legacy. The ruling party also had its finale campaign acts in different states in the past days.

Also, They were presented by twitter allegations that the nine national television channels, only aired  the official closing campaign event , evidencing the asymmetry that  both campaigns had and diversion of public resources to promote an specific cause

Censorship actions against international media is denounced

(EfectoCocuyo.com, 12/03/2015 )

The National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) reported this Thursday censorship actions against international media who are preparing to cover the elections on December 6. SNTP Secretary General , Marco Ruiz, said there are actions that would be “bureaucratizing and preventing” correspondents of foreign media to report on the elections. Ruiz pointed out that journalists and international media have been subjected to an examination in the various embassies and consulates; the signing of a letter of commitment ” which constitutes prior censorship and imposes the matrix that journalists commit a felony in their practice.” He also reported that they have recently seized their equipment when entering the country. The SNTP known cases of CNN in Spanish, Telefe (Argentina), Televisa (Mexico). Journalists Guillermo Panizza (Telefe), Patricia Janiot (CNN) and Marco Antonio Coronel (Televisa), agreed that Maiquetia airport officials requested them  a “temporary statement” and permit entry of equipment.

Unasur mission will present three reports of the elections

 (ElMundo.com, 12/01/2015 –  EfectoCocuyo.com, 12/01/2015) 

The coordinator of the Electoral Mission of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), José Luis Exeni, reported on Tuesday that the commission plans to deliver the National Electoral Council (CNE) three reports of Election Day to be held  on Sunday in Venezuela. Exeni said the first report  which describe the activities to be carried out on election day, will be delivered on Friday. The second report will be presented on Monday, showing ” our impressions of the electoral process and perhaps some suggestions” and then submit a final report 15 days after the elections, which reflect the final conclusions of the Electoral Mission from the international organization.

The coordinator of the mission said that it will be  at the discretion of the CNE to make  public those reports. The mission will be in 11 states, but will pay special attention to those entities with special regime. They will go to Tachira and Zulia.

Euro Parliament will not send electoral mission to Venezuela parliamentary elections

(EfectoCocuyo, 12/03/2015)

The European Parliament informed that they will not send the 12 deputies they have thought at first to send to Venezuela to follow closely the electoral process on December 6th. The decision was based on an evaluation conducted by the Exterior Action European Service which determined that the security conditions necessary to send a mission were not given.

Former Latin-American heads of states will be present on December 6th elections

(ElNacional.com, 12/03/2015)

Seven former presidents member of the Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (Idea) will visit Venezuela and follow closely this Sunday parliamentary elections. The group, invited by the Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD), is comprised by ex-presidents of Bolivia (Jorge Quiroga), Colombia (Andrés Pastrana), Panamá (Mireya Moscoso), Uruguay (Luis Alberto Lacalle), y Costa Rica (Laura Chinchilla and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez).

Venezuela general attorney stated that they have not received any denouncement of pressure to functionaries

(ElNacional.com, 12/03/2015)

Luisa Ortega Díaz, general attorney of Venezuela, affirmed that the Public Ministry has not yet received any denounce from functionaries stating that they had been pressed by their bosses to vote in a determined way to maintain their job position. Diaz, restated that voting is a free exercise contemplated in the constitution.

Prohibited the publication of polls since last November 29th

(ElUniversal.com, 11/29/2015)

The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, recalled that the release and publication of polls was only allowed until the 29th. Furthermore, Lucena restated that media and candidates will have to abstain from referrals to any poll. For more information about previous polls, press here.