Venezuela Ready for Election
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.