Venezuela Ready for Elec­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

In mass events as well as in a di­rect house-to­house, street-by-street and com­mu­nity-by-com­mu­nity cam­paign, more than 6,000 can­di­dates have been de­ployed in re­cent weeks through­out Venezuela, pre­sent­ing their pro­pos­als for the elec­tion which will on Sun­day, July 30 se­lect 545 rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the Na­tional Con­stituent As­sem­bly.

The con­vo­ca­tion to the Con­stituent As­sem­bly was made by Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro, ac­cord­ing to what is es­tab­lished in the Venezue­lan Con­sti­tu­tion, in which ar­ti­cle 347 reads, "The orig­i­nal con­stituent power rests with the peo­ple of Venezuela. This power may be ex­er­cised by call­ing a Na­tional Con­stituent As­sem­bly for the pur­pose of trans­form­ing the State, cre­at­ing a new ju­ridi­cal or­der and draw­ing up a new Con­sti­tu­tion". Like­wise, Ar­ti­cle 348 states, "The ini­tia­tive for call­ing a Na­tional Con­stituent As­sem­bly may em­anate from the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic sit­ting with the Cabi­net of Min­is­ters".

The cam­paign for the elec­tion to the Con­stituent As­sem­bly for­mally be­gan on July 9th and will end on Thurs­day, July 27th, ac­cord­ing to the rul­ing is­sued by the Venezue­lan Na­tional Elec­toral Coun­cil (NEC), the in­sti­tu­tion that gov­erns the elec­toral pro­cesses in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to NEC fig­ures, more than 55,000 peo­ple reg­is­tered as can­di­dates for the Con­stituent As­sem­bly, of which 6,120 man­aged to com­ply with all the re­quire­ments es­tab­lished by law and, there­fore, will have their name reg­is­tered as an op­tion on the elec­toral bal­lot. Last Tues­day, the can­di­dates of the forces that sup­port Pres­i­dent Maduro and the Bo­li­var­ian Rev­o­lu­tion closed the cam­paign in sev­eral states of the coun­try, in prepa­ra­tion of par­tic­i­pat­ing in a mul­ti­tudi­nous con­cen­tra­tion to be held in Cara­cas for the cul­mi­na­tion of the na­tional cam­paign on Thurs­day.

Cam­paigns have now winded down ahead of Sun­day's elec­tion in Venezuela.

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