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New electoral rule provokes rejection of opponents in Venezuela

Several Venezuelan opposition leaders rejected the National Electoral Council’s new resolution. The rule establishes that poll workers must be registered at the same voting center where they will perform this function. This is a rule not provided for in the suffrage law.

The measure published in the Official Gazette of Venezuela on June 20, just over a month before the elections, says: “To be a poll worker you must be a voter, know how to read and write, and not be an employee of the National Electoral Council, nor an agent of registration or updating of Electoral Register data. Poll workers must be registered at the voting center where the respective electoral table is located.”

The journalist specialized in electoral matters and director of the NGO Votoscopio, Eugenio Martínez, explained that, according to the electoral schedule, the accreditation of poll workers for the July 28th presidential elections will begin on June 28th and will extend until a few days before the installation of tables.

A CNN tried to contact the press team of the Democratic Unity Table candidate, Edmundo González Urrutia, to find out their reaction to the new measure, but so far has not received a response. Likewise, the team of the founder of the Vente Venezuela political movement, María Corina Machado, also did not respond.

Henrique Capriles, leader of Primero Justicia, stated that with this new regulation it is clear that “madurismo is in despair mode and will continue to pose obstacles”. The former presidential candidate added that in the face of these actions the response will be “more information, more motivation and organization, more participation”. He considers that in the face of these “barriers”, it is necessary for millions to vote and reiterated his appeal to support the candidacy of former ambassador Edmundo González Urrutia.

Also from the same opposition alliance, the president of the Encuentro Ciudadano party, Delsa Solórzano, assured that there is nothing to fear or worry about. Solórzano, who works closely with María Corina Machado on González’s candidacy, stated that from the beginning poll workers were instructed to participate in the same voting center where they are registered to vote.

For the former president of the National Electoral Council – and now opposition leader – Andrés Caleca, the CNE resolution is “an absolutely irrational limitation that hinders, in practice, the transparency of the process and that had never been imposed in the entire electoral history of the country”. In his opinion, they want to manipulate and distort the will for change of the “immense majority of the nation’s electoral body”. He considers that it is in the hands of citizens to do whatever is necessary to overcome “this new obstacle” under the leadership of the opposition.

Source: CNN Brasil

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