Govt seeks to ban op­po­si­tion over re­call ‘fraud’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE Venezue­lan gov­ern­ment asked elec­toral au­thor­i­ties to ban the op­po­si­tion coalition seek­ing to oust Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro in a re­call vote, ac­cus­ing them of mas­sive fraud.

Ratch­et­ing up the ten­sion in a coun­try pushed to the brink of col­lapse by an eco­nomic cri­sis, Mr Maduro’s camp hit back with a vengeance on the same day the op­po­si­tion was hop­ing to get a green light to go ahead with its bid to hold a re­call ref­er­en­dum.

“We have just asked for the can­cel­la­tion of the reg­is­tra­tion of the Demo­cratic Unity Roundtable, for be­ing in­volved in the worst vote fraud in the coun­try’s his­tory,” said Jorge Ro­driguez, Mr Maduro’s des­ig­nated aide to mon­i­tor the re­call process.

Mr Ro­driguez ac­cused the op­po­si­tion of in­clud­ing the names of thou­sands of dead peo­ple, con­victs and mi­nors in a pe­ti­tion sub­mit­ted in May with 1.8 mil­lion sig­na­tures re­quest­ing a re­call vote.

The op­po­si­tion has de­nied such charges.

July 26 was the fi­nal day for the Na­tional Elec­toral Coun­cil (CNE) to rule whether the op­po­si­tion suc­cess­fully col­lected at least 200,000 valid sig­na­tures, the first stage of the long and wind­ing re­call pro­ce­dures.

Mr Maduro’s op­po­nents are rac­ing to com­plete the process by Jan 10, the cut-off to trig­ger new elec­tions.

After that date – four years into the pres­i­dent’s six-year term – a suc­cess­ful re­call vote would sim­ply trans­fer power to Mr Maduro’s hand­picked vice pres­i­dent.

Venezuela has sunk into cri­sis as global prices for its main export, oil, have col­lapsed.

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