Venezuela Turnout 41.5% amid Fatal Conflicts
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According to the electoral commission, the turnout for Venezuela in Yesterday’s contentious election for a constituent assembly was about 41.5%. In the middle of lethal conflicts, more than eight million people voted for the new assembly.
President Nicolás Maduro declared the election as the biggest ever turnout for the rebellion. The new Venezualion constituent assembly would contain the powers to rephrase the constitution as well as supersede the Congress.
As per President Maduro, it is the sole way to reinstate harmony following months of demonstrations, protests and political standoff. Tibisay Lucena, the president of the electoral commission, expressed the election as a triumph and the turnout as the bizarre. However, Maduro’s opponents represent it as supremacy grab.
The opposition has declined to recognise the assembly election as well as they have called for further protests today, it places the turnout at just 12%. Henrique Capriles, the opposition leader, stated, “We don’t recognise this deceitful procedure”.
Venezuela faced deadly violence during Yesterday’s election, along with widespread protests. Around ten people died in the clashes, including a pro-government contender, an opposition youth leader, and a soldier.
The violence begins as several anti-government demonstrators came on the streets even though the government has declared the ban. Reports of various clashes amid protesters and police in different regions of the country were observed.
At least 3 people were shot dead in the western state of Tachira, including a soldier from the National Guard. Ricardo Campos, a youth leader of opposition party ‘Acción Democrática’, were killed in protests in the town of Cumana.
The voting was peaceful in many regions in capital city Caracas. However, there were periodic conflicts amid the security forces and the protesters, opposition-controlled areas were particularly affected by clashes. An explosion in capital wounded numerous police officers. Security armed forces exercised shatterproof vehicles to drive out demonstrators.
Venezuela is facing international condemnation over the latest constituent assembly election. Several Latin American countries, the US and the European Union had criticised the move. The US declared that it would consider new sanctions on Venezuela aiming the oil industry there. The US has previously forced sanctions on thirteen leaders of ruling government. Nikki Haley, the US diplomat to the United Nations, described the vote as a pretence election as well as a step towards despotism.
Venezuela has been facing the suspension since December 1, 2016, from sub-regional bloc Mercosur over human rights apprehensions as well. Meantime, Venezuela has stated that it will take out its name from the OAS (Organisation of American States) after members like Canada, Mexico, and the US declared that they would not identify the power of the assembly.
Maduro sought to shape a new assembly that will enclose the precise purpose of implementing a new constitution; according to him, it would support settlement and harmony. However, opposition alleged that by introducing new assembly Maduro is trying to capitalise on his authority and to set back the future elections. From past four months more than 100 people have died in protests against Maduro.