April 14, 2021

Nicolás Maduro’s party achieves 67% of the votes in legislative elections with low participation

The Venezuelan official alliance of the Great Patriotic Pole (GPP) has won the legislative elections held this Sunday with 67.6% of the votes cast, when 82.35% of the ballots have been counted, as reported this Monday the National Electoral Council (CNE). Much of the opposition decided to boycott the elections and not attend, including Juan Guaidó.

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So far, 5,264,104 votes have been counted, of which 3,558,320 were for the GPP, while an alliance headed by the traditional parties Democratic Action (AD) and the Independent Electoral Political Organization Committee (Copei) has remained in second place with 944,665 votes, which is 17.95%.

In third position has been another alliance headed by Popular Will (VP) – the party of Leopoldo López and Guaidó – which was also intervened, and of which Venezuela Unida (VU) and Primero Venezuela (PV) are also part. This alliance obtained 220,502 votes, which represents 4.19% of the votes. Behind was the Communist Party of Venezuela with 143,917 (2.73%), while the rest of the formations obtained 357,609 votes (6.79%), although Alfonzo did not reel off those results.

Even when the European Union (EU) and the Organization of American States (OAS) question the legitimacy of the elections, 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.

The participation data is around 31%

The participation figure, located at 31% according to the CNE, is slightly higher than in 2005, when the traditional opposition did not participate either and Chavismo took the absolute majority of the seats during a five-year period. In Sunday’s elections, 277 deputies were disputed, 110 more than in the last parliamentary election, and it is still unknown how many representatives each side won, although it was clear that the ruling party won a clear majority.

Chavismo needs at least 185 legislators in the new NA, which will be installed on January 5, 2021, to have a qualified majority of two-thirds with which they can take full control of the Chamber and exercise all legislative powers.

In the last parliamentary elections, won by the opposition, 74.25% of the electoral roll participated and they became the most attended legislative votes in the history of the South American country. Since then, the abstentionist tendency has been growing due to distrust in the electoral referee and in the voting.

Venezuelan regulations do not establish a quorum of participation, so a high abstention, the option called by the opposition led by Juan Guaidó, does not annul the legality of the elections, despite the fact that they will not be recognized by the European Union ( EU) nor by the Organization of American States (OAS). Finally, Alfonzo explained that he will not give more data after this first bulletin throughout Sunday night. He promised that the rest will be made public around noon.

The voting centers were to close at 6:00 p.m. (22:00 GMT), although the CNE announced that it allowed them to be open for another hour or until there were no people waiting in queues. However, the day was marked by strong abstention. After the announcement of the extension, there was no more data for almost seven hours, in which no figure was known from the elections, not even those of participation.


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