The Partido Socialista Unido party from Venezuela (United Socialist Party) won 17-23 the provincial governments of that nation as part of the regional elections. The opposition won five of them, according to the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena.
The PVSU obtained the victory in the provincial governments from Amazonas, Apure, Aragua, Barinas, Carabobo, Cojedes, Flacón, Guárico, Lara, Miranda, Monagas, Portugesa, Sucre, Trujillo, Yaracuy, Delta Amacuro and Vargas, while the political parties of the Venezuelan opposition won the provincial governments from Anzoátegui, Mérida, Nueva Esparta, Táchira and Zulia. The result about Bolivar state first remained in suspense.
In the former elections from December 2012, the PSUV party obtained the victory in 20 of the provincial governments. The Venezuelan opposition could keep only the provincial governments in Lara, Amazonas and Miranda on that occasion.
There was a 61.14 % of participation which is a higher number to the 53.94 % of the regional elections from 2012.
There were 13.559 poll stations set throughout that nation with 30.274 machines using the automatized system of the local CNE.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, highlighted that the regional elections have been successful and without any violent incident.
“There have not been not even a violent incident, the peace electoral process was perfect.” Nocolás Maduro pointed out during his speech from the Comando Presidencial (Presidential main related staff) at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas city.
Nicolás Maduro also encouraged the Venezuelans to vote for the peace of that nation so that the violent protests, which were promoted by the Venezuelan opposition this year, were not repeated, taken into account that they left over a hundred people death and many damages to public institutions.
“May not the Guarinbas, violence, street blockades or people burned to happen anymore.” Nicolás Maduro said while referring to the hatred crimes against people who looked as Chavistas militants.
“I am already giving my hand to the 5 governors of the opposition to work for their regions, I am doing it right from this moment on.” Nicolás Maduro expressed.
“It was observed an excellent organization of the National Electoral Council through all its stages so that the Venezuelans could carry out their right about voting. All has been absolutely synchronized.” The sociologist and political analyst and member of the international observers, Carol Murillo, highlighted to the Venezuelan Telesur TV channel network.
In addition, she pointed out:
“The Venezuelan opposition has had all the guaranties to participate in the electoral event and even much more than the Bolivarian candidates as the 80% of the Venezuelan TV channels, radio and Press is controlled by private hands and they have been granted all those spaces even free, besides, they have filled all the social networks with their advertising. However, absolutely any of our candidates was ever able to publish their ideas in the social networks and that is world advantage and we are here in the middle of that battle.”
Jorge Rodríguez, who is the chief of the local Zamora Command and major of the Libertador municipality from the capital city, highlighted that the participation of the citizenship during the regional elections, shows that Venezuela triumphed the peace and people´s power.”
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The 54% of the national votes belong to the local Chavismo political movement where there are 18 millions of Venezuelans who were called to the regional elections. The elected governments would rule for the next four yeasts after having sworn before the National Constituent Assembly.
In Venezuela, there have been 22 elections carried out in 18 years since the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, won the presidency in 1998.
On August 12th and through a decree stablished by the then recently elected National Constituent Assembly (CAN), it was ordered to reprogram for the month of October the election process for governors throughout the 23 states of the nation which were originally scheduled for December 2017.
There have passed less than two weeks of the elections carried out on July 30 th, 2017 in which there were eight millions of inhabitants who chose the local 545 constituent representatives.
In that decree, the local CAN made reference to the need about consolidating a peace which was achieved after the elections that were carried out in July and it also added that the date of the elections were moved forward as they were pending since December 2016 and their carrying out had constantly been demanded by the Venezuelan political opposition that is against the President, Nicolás Maduro.
The inhabitants from the capital district (DC) did not participate in the elections as it is the capital city and Caracas city is a jurisdiction, along with the local Metropolitan city hall and it is featured for being a state-run city hall.
According to the article number 160 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the government and administration of each state should have a male or female governor whose election is valid for four years.
The governor could be reelected, according to what was approved by the First Amendment of the Venezuelan Constitution.
That main regional official is elected without a substitute and the election were carried out through free, direct and secret elections, according to the article 63 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
By Ana Teresa Badía